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Isaac I. Ullah, PhD

Computational Archaeology, Complex Adaptive Systems, Social-Ecological Systems, Geoarchaeology

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I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology at San Diego State University. I study the long-term effects of human land-use decisions and the bidirectional feedbacks between humans and environments. I am particularly interest in early farming and pastoralism and how these first food producing socio-natural systems evolved over time. I am a computational archaeologist, and use a combination of traditional archaeological and geoarchaeological approaches in connection with GIS, computational modeling, and computer simulation to investigate the dynamics of these systems. My work is largely based in a complex adaptive systems theory perspective.

In addition to these large human-environment interaction studies, I also study households, and how people arrange and use their domestic spaces. I analyze the spatial patterning of very small artifacts (“micro-refuse”) recovered from ancient house floors as a way to get at long-term patterns in domesticity.

I am also affiliated with the Center for Climate and Sustainability Studies at SDSU and the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity at Arizona State University. Additional affiliations include the CMSDS, COMSeS/Open-ABM, CHANS-net, and the SAA.

In my spare time, I like taking photographs.


Please see my Google Scholar Citation Index page for a complete list of my publications, their citation indices, and lists of works that cite them, and links to downloadable PDF’s where available.

Also see my:


Isaac Ullah, CV (PDF)


Please visit the following links for information about several actively ongoing field and research projects that I am involved with.


I currently teach ANTH 349 “Roots of Civilization,” ANTH 302 “Principles of Archaeology,” ANTH 562 “Computational Archaeology,” and ANTH 583 “Anthropogenic Landscapes.”


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