In this one-off, extended Project Gallery article, the participants of a recent workshop jointly present a manifesto for the study of ancient Mediterranean maritime connectivity. Reviewing the advantages and perils of network modelling, they advance conceptual and methodological frameworks for the productive study of seaborne connectivity. They show how progressive research methods can overcome some of the problems encountered when working with uneven datasets spanning large geographical regions and long periods of time. The manifesto suggests research directions that could better inform our interpretations of human connections, both within and beyond the Mediterranean.

All references to the authors’ workshop papers in the text denote their oral presentations at the ‘Networks of Maritime Connectivity in the Ancient Mediterranean’ workshop held at the University of Toronto in November 2013

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Journal Antiquity
Graham, S, Knappett, Carl, Arnaud, Pascal, Arthur, Paul, Blake, Emma, Broodbank, Cyprian, … Van de Noort, & Robert. (2014). A manifesto for the study of ancient Mediterranean maritime networks. Antiquity.