Settlement Scaling in Middle Range Societies

Sept. 24, 2017

One of the key challenges involved in making archaeology relevant for contemporary issues is a theoretical approach that can accommodate the vast differences in scale between the small-scale societies that created much of the archaeological record and the modern nations that most people live in today. In a recent paper... Read more »

Urbanization without growth in the ancient world?

July 8, 2017

This July, the Social Reactors Project team is convening an international conference at the British School at Rome focusing on the relationship, if any, between urbanization and economic development in the ancient Mediterranean world. The inspiration for this meeting derives from recent research on urbanization and socio-economic development in in... Read more »

SRP team member to lead a new center for urban innovation

March 7, 2017

The Social Reactors Project's own Luis Bettencourt has recently been named inaugural director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago. You can read the official announcement here . Congratulations Luis!Read more »

Reception at the SAAs in Vancouver

March 7, 2017

The Social Reactors Project will host a happy hour reception with cash bar in the Stanley Room, on the 34th floor of the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, from 4-6pm on Saturday, April 1, during the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting. Stop on by for panoramic views of the city, to... Read more »

See us at the SAAs in Vancouver

Dec. 14, 2016

The Social Reactors Project team has organized a half-day symposium entitled "Settlement scaling in Archaeology--not just modern, not just urban," that will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8AM. We are also planning to host a reception that evening to give people a chance to meet and talk informally... Read more »

Historical evidence from Medieval European cities

Oct. 6, 2016

In an article that just appeared in PLOS ONE, Rudy Cesaretti and other Social Reactors Project researchers analyze a new dataset that combines census records, maps, and archaeological studies of 13th century cities from across Western Europe to show that, despite substantial differences in social and economic organization, these cities... Read more »

Social Reactors Project datasets available at tDAR

Aug. 13, 2016

The Social Reactors Project team has set up project page at The Digital Archaeological Record ( ) to archive project datasets. Interested researchers can now download datasets analyzed in project publications for use in their own research. All you need to do is set up a tDAR account. We... Read more »

A short video on social reactors

Aug. 13, 2016

The Social Reactors Project team has created a short (5 min.) video to accompany our recent publication in Journal of Archaeological Science. Check it out to learn more about our approach and recent research results.Read more »

Settlement scaling and economic change

Aug. 8, 2016

In a newly-published paper in Journal of Archaeological Science , the Social Reactors Project team show that settlement scaling theory provides new tools for investigating economic change. The case study involves the impact of the Inka expansion for living standards among the Wanka people of Peru, ca. 1450 CE. Using... Read more »

Blogging about social reactors

March 25, 2016

In a series of blog posts , Social Reactors Project collaborator Mike Smith discusses the basic ideas behind our approach, the strands of social science research that support it, and the social and spatial continuities between villages and cities. These posts are intended to introduce our project to other archaeologists.Read more »