Trends in Archaeological Network Research: A Bibliometric Analysis

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Tom Brughmans Matt Peeples


This paper presents an overview of major trends in archaeological network research through a bibliometric analysis of the full corpus of publications on the topic between 1965 and 2016. It illustrates we can begin identifying the outlines of a new sub-discipline within archaeology with its distinct traditions, including a diversity of research approaches, dedicated events and preferred publication venues. This sub-discipline is at a similar stage of development as historical network research, and we argue that archaeologists and historians alike interested in establishing network research as a key tool for exploring social change will have a greater chance for success to the extent that we actively collaborate, pool resources, engage in common community activities and publications, and learn from each other’s mistakes.

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Brughmans, T., & Peeples, M. (2017). Trends in Archaeological Network Research: A Bibliometric Analysis. Journal of Historical Network Research, 1(1), 1-24. Retrieved from //