Arianna Sacco was born and raised in Naples, Southern Italy. She has a PhD in Egyptology from Leiden University (2021). She studied regionalization of material culture in ancient Egypt during the Second Intermediate Period, using network analysis. She is an expert in applying digital methods in archaeology.
She has a BA (2007) and an MA (2009) in Archaeology, with a specialized curriculum for ancient Egypt, from L’Orientale University in Naples. She has a second MA (2012) in Interdisciplinary Approaches to History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology from the University of Thessaly in Volos (Greece).
As of 1 September 2021, she will conduct two years’ worth of postdoctoral research into Egyptian pottery at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, thanks to a Rubicon grant recently awarded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
Continuing her series on network analysis, Arianna explains how graphs are not only tools to use in your research, but also powerful instruments to show your results to others. She explains how you can manipulate your graphs to present information.
In network analysis, the shape of the network that you build, as well as what your graph looks like, and in general the results of the analysis, all depend on the matrix. Therefore, the way you structure the matrix is important.
The first step when conducting network analysis is to select what material to include in your database and how to structure the data. Arianna explains how you would go about creating a database, and how your database impacts the analysis of the evidence.
The way we look at archaeological remains shape what we think about our past. In studying the Second Intermediate Period, a lesser-known part of Egyptian history, a new methodology has proven useful: network analysis.