|Principal Investigator Profile
Dr Mark Lake
Lecturer, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
31-34 Gordon Square
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1535
|Research and Teaching interests
| I am actively engaged in the development and use of quantitative and
computational methods for studying the past, especially agent-based
computer simulation and geographical information systems. I have used
these techniques to study the evolutionary origins of cultural
transmission, the spread of farming in Neolithic Europe and
Mesolithic settlement strategies in Scotland. I also have a long
standing interest in the problem of memes and the manner in which
human innovation explores design space. I am currently working with
Jay Venti on a study of clade diversity in the evolution of the bicycle.
| 1991: University of Cambridge, B.A. 1995: University of Cambridge, Ph.D.
Associated AHRC CECD Projects (Phase 2):
Network structure, environmental change, and cultural response
Transmission of spatial configuration in early Christian churches
Associated AHRC CEACB Projects (Phase 1):
What factors affect evolution of craft skills?
Does technological evolution occur on smooth or rugged fitness landscapes?
Human mobility and the prehistoric spread of farming: Isotopes in archaeological skeletons
Investigating evolutionary adaptive radiation patterns in the history of bicycles
Associated Publications - AHRC CECD - phase 2:
|•||M.W. Lake (2010).|
The Uncertain Future of Simulating the Past.A. Costopoulos & M.W. Lake (eds.). Simulating Change: Archaeology Into the 21st Century. University of Utah Press: Salt Lake City.
|•||Lake, M.W. (2007).|
Computer Simulation Modeling.D. Pearsall (ed.). Encyclopedia of Archaeology, Volume 2. Academic Press. 1034-1040.
Associated Publications - AHRC CEACB - phase 1:
|•||M. Lake (2007).|
‘Whither processualism?’ [review article] Review of MJ O’Brien, RL Lyman & MB Schiffer, Archaeology as a Process: Processualism and its Progeny, and AL Johnson (ed.) Processual Archaeology: Exploring analytical strategies, frames of references, and culture process.Antiquity. Vol 81. 208-210.
|•||Lake, M.W. and J. Venti (2009).|
Quantitative analysis of macroevolutionary patterning in technological evolution: bicycle design from 1800 to 2000.S. J. Shennan (ed.). Pattern and Process in Cultural Evolution. University of California Press. 147-162.
|•||Bentley, R.A., M.W. Lake and S. Shennan (2005).|
Specialisation and wealth inequality in a model of a clustered economic network.Journal of Archaeological Science . Vol 32. 1346-1356.
|•||Lake, M.W (2004).|
Being in a simulacrum: Electronic agency.A. Gardner (ed.). Agency Uncovered: Archaeological Perspectives on Social Agency, Power, and Being Human. UCL Press: London. 191-209.