Homo Migrans

Modeling Mobility and Migration in Human History

Edited by Megan J. Daniels

Subjects: Archaeology, Anthropology
Series: SUNY series, The Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology Distinguished Monograph Series
Hardcover : 9781438488011, 374 pages, April 2022
Paperback : 9781438488004, 374 pages, October 2022

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Table of contents


1. Movement as a Constant? Envisioning a Migration‑Centered Worldview of Human History
Megan J. Daniels

Part I: New Data and New Narratives

2. Toward a New Prehistory: Re‑Theorizing Genes, Culture, and Migratory Expansions
Kristian Kristiansen

3. Migration, Ancient DNA, and Bronze Age Pastoralists from the Eurasian Steppes
David W. Anthony

4. The Conceptual Impacts of Genomics to the Archaeology of Movement
Omer Gokcumen

Part II: Migrations, Visible and Invisible: Toward More Inclusive Histories

5. New Data and Old Narratives: Migrants and the Conjoining of the Cultures and Economies of the pre‑Roman Western Mediterranean
Franco De Angelis

6. Captives: The Invisible Migrant
Catherine M. Cameron

7. The In/Visiblity of Migration
Elena Isayev

8. A Harbor Scene: Reassessing Mobility in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean Following the Archaeological Science Revolution
Assaf Yasur‑Landau

Part III: Computational Models of Migration

9. Surfing with the Alien: Simulating and Testing the Spread of Early Farming across the Adriatic Basin
Marc Vander Linden, Cornelis Drost, Jane Gaastra, Ivana Jovanović, Sébastien Manem, and Anne de Vareilles

10. The Settlement Record, Paleodemography, and Evidence for Migrations in Eneolithic Ukraine
Thomas K. Harper

11. N Site Continuous Model for Migration: Parameter and Prehistoric Tests
Ezra B. W. Zubrow, Aleksandr Diachenko, and Jay Leavitt

Part IV: Sociohistorical Models of Migration

12. Toward A Social Archaeology of Forced Migration: Rebuilding Landscapes of Memory in Medieval Armenian Cilicia
Aurora E. Camaño

13. Macro- and Micro‑Mobilities and the Creation of Identity in the Ancient Near East
Anne Porter

14. Wandering Ports on the Datça Peninsula: Exploring Regional Mobility in a Maritime Landscape
Elizabeth S. Greene and Justin Leidwanger

Part V: Migration and Complexity

15. Assessing the Possibility of Trans‑Maritime Mobility in Archaic Hominins: Does Afro‑Eurasian Coastal Palaeogeography Support Sweepstakes Dispersal in Homo?
Thomas P. Leppard

16. Homo mobilis: Interactions, Consciousness, and the Anthropocene
Hans Barnard


Addresses the revolutionary impact of genetics, isotopes, and data science on the study of migration and mobility in past human societies.


One of the most significant challenges in archaeology is understanding how (and why) humans migrate. Homo Migrans examines the past, present, and future states of migration and mobility studies in archaeological discourse. Contributors draw on revolutionary twenty-first-century advances in genetics, isotope studies, and data manipulation that have resolved longstanding debates about past human movement and have helped clarify the relationships between archaeological remains and human behavior and identity.

These emerging techniques have also pressed archaeologists and historians to develop models that responsibly incorporate method, theory, and data in ways that honor the complexity of human behavior and relationships. This volume articulates the challenges that lie ahead as scholars draw from genomic studies, computational science, social theory, cognitive and evolutionary studies, environmental history, and network analysis to clarify the nature of human migration in world history. With case studies focusing on European and Mediterranean history and prehistory (as well as global history), Homo Migrans presents integrated methodologies and analyses that will interest any scholar researching migration and mobility in the human past.

Megan J. Daniels is Assistant Professor of Ancient Greek Material Culture at the University of British Columbia in Canada.