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H 290 x W 205 mm

160 pages

53 figures, 39 tables (colour throughout)

Published Jul 2024

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803277998

Digital: 9781803278001

DOI 10.32028/9781803277998

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Byzantine; Medieval; Military History; Military logistics; Computer Simulation; Agent-based modelling; 19th Century Military History

Modelling the Logistics of Mantzikert

By Philip Murgatroyd, Vincent Gaffney, John Haldon, Georgios Theodoropoulos


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The Battle of Mantzikert had profound consequences for both Byzantine and Turkish history, yet the historical sources for this campaign contain significant gaps. This book presents the results of a project that seeks to demonstrate the important role computer simulation can play in the analysis of pre-modern military logistics.




Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – The Historical Context

Chapter 3 - The Byzantine World

Chapter 4 - Logistical Considerations

Chapter 5 – 19th century military writing

Chapter 6 – The Models

Chapter 7 – Results

Chapter 8 – Conclusions


About the Author

Philip Murgatroyd started his working life in the computer industry before moving into archaeology in 2000. He has been a member of a series of multidisciplinary research projects, including the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii, the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes project, GG-Top, Medieval Warfare on the Grid and Europe’s Lost Frontiers. He is currently the Project Modelling Lead on ‘Unpath’d Waters’, which is an AHRC-funded ‘Towards a National Collection’ project.

Professor Vincent Gaffney is the 50th Anniversary Chair in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Bradford. Current research projects include the ERC-funded Synergy project,SUBNORDICA, and the LBI_ArchPro Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes project. He has worked extensively across Europe, America and Africa. and has received many awards for his work including the European Archaeological Heritage Prize, and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education (1996 and 2022). In 2018 he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Awards for services to scientific research.

John Haldon is a fellow of the British Academy and current Director of the Climate Change and History Research Initiative at Princeton University. His research focuses on the history of the medieval eastern Roman (Byzantine) empire, on premodern state systems and structures in western Eurasia, and on the impact of environmental stress on societal resilience in pre-modern social systems, on all of which he has published many books and articles.

Georgios Theodoropoulos is currently a Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at SUSTech in Shenzhen, China’s Silicon Valley, having previously held senior positions at the University of Durham, UK, IBM Research, Trinity College Dublin, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and University of Birmingham, UK. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and the British Computer Society. He is a leading authority in Distributed Multi-Agent Simulation of Complex Systems.