TitleNorms in H-F-G societies. Grounds for agent-based social simulation.
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
Authorsde la Cruz D, Estévez J, Noriega P, Pérez M, Piqué R, Sabater-Mir J., Vila A, Villatoro D
EditorContreras F.Javier Mel
Conference NameCAA'2010 Fusion of Cultures. Proceedings of the 38th Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology
Conference LocationGranada
Date Published06/04/2010

The use of agent-directed simulation in archaeology has a relatively long tradition. However, these simulations have been always oriented mainly to study spatial processes and resource management and systematically ignore an es- sential aspect of any society: the use of social and institutional norms as a mechanism to regulate the behaviour of the individuals. In this paper we propose a norm-centric simulation (in contrast to the traditional resource-centric simulation) where the normative system is both the core of the simulation and the subject of study. Our final goal is to set the foundations of a rather general model of social behaviour in a hunter-fisher-gatherer (HFG) society without political institutions but with strict social norms.