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Sean Bergin

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Asst Research Professor (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2701
Asst Research Professor (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2701

Sean Bergin is an archaeologist whose expertise includes computational modeling, agent-based modeling, geospatial technologies, long-term dynamics of socioecological systems, the spread of agriculture, and lithic technology. 

His research has focused primarily in the west Mediterranean


PhD,  Anthropology, Arizona State University

MA, Anthropology, University of Tulsa

BA, Anthropology University of Notre Dame


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

2017 Henry, D. O., M. Belmaker and S. Bergin. The effect of terrain on Neanderthal ecology in the Levant. Quaternary International. 435: 94-105.

2016 Barton, C. M., I. Ullah, S. Bergin, H. Sarjoughian, G. Mayer, J.Bernabeu Aubán, A. Heimsath, M. Acevedo, J. Riel Salvatore, J. Arrowsmith. Experimental socioecology: Integrative science for anthropocene landscape dynamics. Anthropocene. 13: 34-45.

2015 Pardo Gordó, S., J. Bernabeu Aubán, O. García Puchol, C. M. Barton, S. Bergin The origins of agriculture in Iberia: a computational model. Documenta Praehistorica, XLII: 117-131.

2015 Bernabeu Aubán, J., C. M. Barton, S. Pardo Gordó, S. Bergin. Modeling initial Neolithic dispersal. The first agricultural groups in West Mediterranean. Ecological Modelling. 307: 22–31.

2014 Henry, D. O., S. Kadowaki and S. Bergin. Reconstructing Early Neolithic Social and Economic Organization Through Spatial Analysis at Ayn Abū Nukhayla. American Antiquity. 79(3): 401-424.

2014 Rollins, N. D., C. M. Barton, S. Bergin, M. Janssen and A. Lee. A Computational Model Library for publishing model documentation and code. Environmental Modelling & Software. 61: 59-64.

2012 Barton, C. M., I. Ullah, and S. Bergin, H. Mitasova, and H. Sarjoughian. Looking for the Future in the Past: Long-Term Change in Socioecological Systems. Ecological Modelling. 241: 42-53.

2010 Barton, C. M., I. Ullah, and S. Bergin. Land use, water, and Mediterranean landscapes: modelling long-term dynamics of complex socio-ecological systems. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 368 (1931): 5275 -5297.

2008 Janssen, M., L. Na Alessa, C. M. Barton, S. Bergin and A. Lee. Towards a Community Framework for Agent-based Modelling. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. 11(2).

Articles in Edited Volumes

2017 Pardo Gordó, S., S. Bergin, J. Bernabeu Aubán, C. M. Barton. Alternative Stories of Agricultural Origins: The Neolithic Spread in the Iberian Peninsula. In Times of Neolithic Transition Along the Western Mediterranean, edited by O. García Puchol and D. C. Salazar García. Springer, New York pp 101-134.

2014 Bergin, S. Under the Microscope: Edge Wear Analysis of Chipped Stone Artifacts. In The Sands of Time: The Desert Neolithic Settlement at Ayn Abū Nukhayla, edited by D. Henry and J. Beaver, Ex Oriente: Berlin pp 193-203.

2014 Henry, D. O., S. Kadowaki and S. Bergin. Stratigraphic Identification and Spatial Examination of House Floors at Ayn Abū Nukhayla. In The Sands of Time: The Desert Neolithic Settlement at Ayn Abū Nukhayla, edited by D. Henry and J. Beaver, Ex Oriente: Berlin pp 287-313.

2012 Ullah, I. and S. Bergin. Modeling the Consequences of Village Site Location: Least Cost Path Modeling in a Coupled GIS and Agent-Based Model of Village Agropastoralism in Eastern Spain. In Least Cost Analysis of Social Landscapes: Archaeological Case Studies, edited by D.A. White and S. L. Surface-Evans, University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, pp 155-173.

2011 Henry, D. O., S. Bergin and S. Kadowaki. Tracing Floors and Fills in Early Neolithic Pithouses: An Example from the Excavation of Ayn Abū Nukhayla, Southern Jordan. In Between Sand and Sea. The Archaeology and Human Ecology of Southwestern Asia, edited by N.J. Conard, R.H. Meadow, A. Morales, and P. Drechsler. Festschrift in Honor of Hans-Peter Uerpmann. pp. 91-112. Kerns Verlag: Tübingen.

Additional Published Reports and Articles

2016 Diez-Castillo, A., O. Garcia-Puchol, J.Bernabeu Aubán, C. M. Barton, S. Pardo Gordó, G. Snitker, W. Cegelski, S. Bergin. Resiliencia y cambio durante el Holoceno en La Canal de Navarrés (Valencia): recientes trabajos de prospección. Archivo de Prehistoria Levantina. XXXI: 169-185.

2006 Bergin, S. and M. Senn. Book Review: Shovel Bum: Comix of Archaeological Field Work by Trent de Boer. Lithic Technology 31(2):147 

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 591Seminar
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 326Human Impacts on Ancient Envir