The Southwest Social Networks Project

The Southwest Social Networks Project is a collaborative project focused on applying methods and models from the interdiciplinary field of social network analyses to archaeological data from the U.S. Southwest. The project involves a diverse group of collaborators including archaeologists, sociologists, geochemists, and computer scientists from a number of academic institutions and research organizations. Project funding has been provided by the National Science Foundation through two collaborative grants to the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona and the non-profit Archaeology Southwest in Tucson, Arizona. This work is focused on developing an ever-growing synthetic regional database of archaeological information across the Southwest as well as new analytical tools for exploring such large datasets. These data and tools are maintained by collaborators in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change at Arizona State University.

Photo by Jason Ordaz courtesy of the School for Advanced Research