Network analysis is both a method and a theory for exploring the relationships inherent in archaeological materials. In this paper, I direct attention to what may be the lowest-hanging fruit for archaeological network analysis: epigraphic materials. Epigraphic materials are replete with obvious and clearly visible social networks. In their archaeological aspect, further relationships can be discerned and distilled. I work through two brief case studies connected with Roman stamped bricks from the Tiber Valley, looking at both social and archaeological relationships. Network analysis may best be used not to prove a particular theory about these materials, but rather to generate new insights and new ways of reconsidering these materials. When more archaeological or epigraphic datasets become available, network analysis will become a regular tool in the archaeologist's data tool kit.

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Publisher OpenEdition
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.4000/nda.2353
Journal Les nouvelles de l'archéologie
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Graham, S. (2014). On Connecting Stamps – Network Analysis and Epigraphy. Les nouvelles de l'archéologie, (135), 39–44. doi:10.4000/nda.2353