ArchaeoSim 4 is an HTML5 re-implementation of the original ArchaeoSim I implemented as a CourseWare Java applet a decade earlier for Harvey Weiss at Yale University. This is my first major teaching simulator on my new HTML5 CourseWare base.
ArchaeoSim explores social and environmental tradeoffs in the ancient farming civilization of ancient Subir (northern Mesopotamia). This is an individual-based simulator, with the settlements acting as the individuals. Students explore assumptions by setting parameters. The actual civilization was devastated by climate change in pre-history. This new version of ArchaeoSim uses a satellite image for the landscape map, and the latest archaeological evidence of settlement sizes and rainfall patterns.
ArchaeoSim 4 debuted for course use at Yale University in November 2014.