Trends in Archaeological Network Research: A Bibliometric Analysis

  • Tom Brughmans University of Oxford
  • Matt Peeples Arizona State University
Keywords: Archaeology, Archaeological Network Research, Bibliometrics, Gender, Co-Authorship


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.

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