The magnitude of the challenges we face may be new, but in the archaeological past societies confronted many of these same issues. That’s why I use computational archaeological methods and complex adaptive systems science to understand the past. I think that by calibrating our modern models on the archaeological past we can better understand the trajectory of humanity today and into the future. Specifically, I use traditional archaeological methods, cultural anthropology, food webs, social networks, agent-based modeling, and quantitative methods to work with the Ancestral Pueblo, in northern Mongolia, and in the Western Desert of Australia among the Martu.

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Watch Stefani give a lecture at the University of Southampton