Slime mould imitates development of Roman roads in the Balkans

Adamatzky, A. (2015) Slime mould imitates development of Roman roads in the Balkans. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 2. pp. 264-281. ISSN 2352-409X Available from:

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Due to its unexpected computing abilities, Physarum polycephalum, a vegetative stage of acellular slime, has been repeatedly used during the last decade in order to reproduce transport networks. After conducting a series of biological experiments and with the help of a Cellular Automata (CA) model we try to explore the ability of the slime in order to imitate the Roman road network in the Balkans, an area which was of great strategic importance for the stability of the Roman Empire in the East. The application of Physarum machines hopes to offer a first step towards a new interdisciplinary, almost unconventional, approach to archaeology.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Physarum polycephalum, Physarum machines, cellular automata, archaeology, Roman roads, network analysis, Balkans
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies
ID Code:26988
Deposited By: Professor A. Adamatzky
Deposited On:25 Sep 2015 10:27
Last Modified:03 Mar 2016 09:06

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