REGISTER-CERTIFIED CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSES
Below, you will find upcoming courses for continuing your professional education that have been certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Read more about the CPE Certification Program here.
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An Introduction to Archaeological Predictive Modeling
March 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Thomas G. Whitley
Predictive modeling has a long and controversial history in archaeology. Informal predictive models have been in use since archaeological fieldwork began, and formal models since at least the 1970s. In action, they are seen both as useful planning tools and as environmentally deterministic confirmation bias, depending on your perspective. There are many different methods of predictive modeling, and just as many potential pitfalls. In this seminar, I will introduce the theoretical structure of predictive modeling and the many approaches to it. I will also cover the CRM and research purposes for which predictive modeling may, or may not, be appropriate. The types of predictive models, their construction, application, and testing will also be addressed. Recent developments in environmental and biological modeling, machine learning, and multi-agent simulations, are all new methods being explored as potential predictive modeling tools. If we want to successfully apply predictive models to archaeological phenomena, then we may need to explore new ideas and think outside of the box. This seminar will give a firm foundation for understanding archaeological predictive modeling, and lay the groundwork for developing your own predictive models.