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The lives of houses: duration, context and history at Neolithic Uivar (Forthcoming)

Draşovean F, Schier W, Bayliss A, Gaydarska B & Whittle A (2017) The lives of houses: duration, context and history at Neolithic Uivar (Forthcoming), European Journal of Archaeology.

First paragraph: In both archaeology and anthropology, the house is acknowledged as a central and recurrent anchor in all aspects of many people’s lives. Physically this is where many people dwelled, and socially and conceptually the house is one of the key frames for the grounding of relationships and worldviews. In Neolithic and other prehistoric archaeology, we can trace a burst of interpretive interest in the house from the beginning of the 1990s, witnessed in Bailey (1990) and Hodder (1990), and continuing since (for example: Beck 2007; Hofmann and Smyth 2013; Richards 2005; Souvatzi 2008; Tringham 2005). Such studies in part drew on anthropological discussions (to cite just a few: Bloch 1995; Bourdieu 1977; Carsten and Hugh-Jones 1995; Joyce and Gillespie 2000; Waterson 1990), picking up among other themes the ideas of the biography, agency and symbolism of the house, the composition of the household, and exploring the usefulness of the house societies model. In all these studies, however, the temporality and history of specific houses are one dimension which has received rather variable attention.

AuthorsDraşovean Florin, Schier Wolfram, Bayliss Alex, Gaydarska Bisserka, Whittle Alasdair
Date accepted by journal04/05/2017
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN 1461-9571

European Journal of Archaeology

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