Iza Romanowska

I work within the broad subject of Digital Humanities and Archaeological Computing. In my research I use simulation techniques, especially Agent-based Modelling, to investigate the first human dispersal almost 2 million years ago. The Connected Island project, in which I am involved, investigates how the geopolitical situation during the Cold War impacted archaeologists on both sides of the Iron Curtain. And finally the Foragers in Unpredictable Environments (FUE) project looks at human dependencies on orally transmitted knowledge in constantly changing environments.

I hope that my research will showcase the potential of computational modelling for archaeological research and help it to become one of the standard elements of the humanities research toolkit.

This research is funded by the EPSRC and supervised by Prof. Clive Gamble, Prof. Seth Bullock and dr Fraser Sturt. I am a postgraduate research student at the Institute for Complex Systems Simulation and the Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins.

I received my undergraduate and Master degrees in Prehistoric and Medieval Archaeology from the Jagiellonian University (Poland) in 2008. In 2012 I obtained a Master in Philosophy in ‘Archaeology of Human Origins’ from the University of Southampton. I am currently enrolled at the Doctoral Training Centre in Complex Systems Simulation where I have completed the first taught year, an equivalent to a Master in Computer Science, and I continue my studies as a PhD student.
My research is focused on the applications of computational modelling to archaeology and Palaeolithic archaeology in particular. I use a variety of simulation techniques to explore archaeological questions, test hypotheses and formalise conceptual models.