Department of Computational Social Science Seminar Abstract

Friday, March 22 - 3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity Suite
Research Hall, 3rd Floor

Exploring the Development of Complex Civilization in Ancient Peru Using an Agent-Based Model

Brent Auble, PhD Student
Computational Social Science
George Mason University

Abstract: The expansion of the population along the river valleys from the Pacific Ocean up to the Peruvian Andes has been posited as a driver of increasing social complexity. In this study, a preliminary agent-based model (ABM) has been developed that explores the development of an initial fishing village along the ocean at the mouth of a river based on population growth and increasing needs for diverse resources. The model shows theoretically that expansion up the river valleys could be explained by increasing population size and resource requirements, and may help shed some light on whether this is consistent with Moseley’s Maritime Foundations Hypothesis.