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New Perspectives on Household Archaeology

Edited by Bradley Parker and Catherine Foster

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New Perspectives on Household Archaeology

Edited by Bradley Parker and Catherine Foster

The foundational tenets of household archaeology were established more than three decades ago by anthropological archaeologists seeking multiscalar approaches to the archaeological record. The study of the household as the basic unit of society and as a window to larger social, economic, and political change reflected in the everyday actions of individual people has since become integral to archaeological practice. However, the subfield today remains as diverse in theoretical underpinnings as it is in practical applications.

 

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The foundational tenets of household archaeology were established more than three decades ago by anthropological archaeologists seeking multiscalar approaches to the archaeological record. The study of the household as the basic unit of society and as a window to larger social, economic, and political change reflected in the everyday actions of individual people has since become integral to archaeological practice. However, the subfield today remains as diverse in theoretical underpinnings as it is in practical applications.

This volume—proceedings of a three-day conference held at the University of Utah—revisits conceptualizations of the household in both past and present societies, evaluates the current place of household archaeology within the wider field of anthropological and archaeological research, and presents the newest technical advances implementing a household archaeological framework. New Perspectives on Household Archaeology exhibits the breadth and depth of studies in household archaeology currently being undertaken, including studies on household time cycles in Early Bronze Age Cyprus, the socio-technical aspects of barley cultivation in Neolithic Jordan, and urban neighborhoods in the early Indus Valley tradition. More than simply reflecting the “state of the field,” this volume highlights the significant contributions Near Eastern archaeologists and their eastern Mediterranean colleagues are making to advance the study of ancient households and to apply this information to larger questions of sociocultural importance.

Preface

Contributors

Introduction: Household Archaeology in the Near East and Beyond

Catherine P. Foster and Bradley J. Parker

Section 1: Household in Theoretical Perspective

1. Between the Individual and the Collective: Household as a Social Process in Neolithic Greece Stella Souvatzi

2. Homemaking in the Early Bronze Age Meredith S. Chesson

3. Households through a Digital Lens Ruth Tringham

Section 2: Methodological Advancements in Household Studies

4. Particles of the Past: Microarchaeological Spatial Analysis of Ancient House Floors Isaac I. T. Ullah

5. Household Matters: Techniques for Understanding Assyrian Houses Lynn Rainville

6. Shifting Household Economics of Plant Use from the Early to Late Natufian Periods of the Southern Levant Arlene M. Rosen

7. Defining Households: Micro-Contextual Analysis of Early Neolithic Households in the Zagros, Iran Wendy Matthews

Section 3: Food and Subsistence at the Household Level

8. Feeding Households: A Multiproxy Method for Analysis of Food Preparation in the Halaf Period at Fistikli Höyük, Turkey Marie Hopwood and Siddhartha Mitra

9. Integrating Household Archaeology and Archaeobotany: A Case Study from Ubaid Kenan Tepe, Southeastern Anatolia Philip Graham and Alexia Smith

10. Beyond the House and into the Fields: Cultivation Practices in the Late PPNB Chantel E. White and Nicholas P. Wolff

11. Domestic Production and Subsistence in an Ubaid Household in Upper Mesopotamia Bradley J. Parker

Section 4: Urban Households

12. The Challenge of Identifying Households at Tell Kurdu (Turkey) Rana Özbal

13. The Life of the Majority: A Reconstruction of Household Activities and Residential Neighborhoods at the ?Late-Third-Millennium Urban Settlement at Titris Höyük in Northern Mesopotamia Yoko Nishimura

14. Households and Neighborhoods of the Indus Tradition: An Overview Jonathan Mark Kenoyer

15. Changing Households at the Rise of Urbanism: The EB I–II Transition at Tel Bet Yerah Sarit Paz

Section 5: Synthetic Household Studies

16. The Uruk Phenomenon: A View from the Household Catherine P. Foster

17. Household Continuity and Transformation in a Prehistoric Cypriot Village David Frankel and Jennifer M. Webb

18. How Households Can Illuminate the Historical Record: The Judahite Houses at Gath of the Philistines Jeffrey R. Chadwick and Aren M. Maeir

19. Household Archaeology in the Southern Levant: An Example from Iron Age Tell Halif James W. Hardin

Section 6: Afterword

20. About the Archaeological House: Themes and Directions Roger Matthews

General Index

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