Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


4 April 2016

Light in a Neolithic dwelling: Building 1 at Koutroulou Magoula (Greece)

Constantinos Papadopoulos, Yannis Hamilakis & Nina Kyparissi-Apostolika Antiquity 89 (October 2015): 1034-1050


Light has been considered in various archaeological contexts from the Bronze Age to post-Classical periods, but largely in association with religion and ritual. The importance of light in the daily routines of a Neolithic dwelling is the context for this investigation, which employs 3D computer visualisation to test light levels in a variety of different architectural structures and weather conditions. The results reveal how opportunities for using domestic space for specific tasks changed at particular times of day. Light may have operated not simply in a functional sense but also to divide domestic space and provide a distinction between public and private areas.


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