Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2012

26 November 2013

New Perspectives on Household Archaeology

Edited by Bradley J. Parker & Catherine P. Foster

New Perspectives on Household Archaeology

City: Winona Lake, Indiana

Year: 2012

Publisher: Eisenbrauns

Description: Hardback, xii & 572 p., illustrated throughout in b/w, 25.9x18.5 cm


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 [ix]
Contributors [xi]

Catherine P. Foster & Bradley J. Parker, Introduction: Household Archaeology in the Near East and Beyond [1-12]

Section 1: Household in Theoretical Perspective

1. Stella Souvatzi, Between the Individual and the Collective: Household as a Social Process in Neolithic Greece [15-43]

2. Meredith S. Chesson, Homemaking in the Early Bronze Age [45-80]

3. Ruth Tringham, Households through a Digital Lens [81-120]

Section 2: Methodological Advancements in Household Studies

4. Isaac I.T. Ullah, Particles of the Past: Microarchaeological Spatial Analysis  of Ancient House Floors [123-138]

5. Lynn Rainville, Household Matters: Techniques for Understanding Assyrian Houses [139-164]

6. Arlene M. Rosen, Shifting Household Economics of Plant Use from the Early to Late Natufian Periods of the Southern Levant [165-182]

7. Wendy Matthews, Defining Households: Micro-Contextual Analysis of Early Neolithic Households in the Zagros, Iran [183-217]

Section 3: Food and Subsistence at the Household Level

8. Marie Hopwood & Siddhartha Mitra, Feeding Households: A Multiproxy Method for Analysis of Food Preparation in the Halaf Period at FistikliHöyük, Turkey [219-246]

9. Philip Graham and Alexia Smith, Integrating Household Archaeology and Archaeobotany: A Case Study from Ubaid Kenan Tepe, Southeastern Anatolia [247-266]

10. Chantel E. White & Nicholas P. Wolff, Beyond the House and into the Fields: Cultivation Practices in the Late PPNB [267-288]

11. Bradley J. Parker, Domestic Production and Subsistence in an Ubaid Household in Upper Mesopotamia [289-318]

Section 4: Urban Households

12. Rana Özbal, The Challenge of Identifying Households at Tell Kurdu (Turkey) [321-346]

13. Yoko Nishimura, The Life of the Majority: A Reconstruction of Household Activities and Residential Neighborhoods at the Late-Third-Millennium Urban Settlement at Titriş Höyük in Northern Mesopotamia [347-372]

14. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, Households and Neighborhoods of the Indus Tradition: An Overview [373-406]

15. Sarit Paz, Changing Households at the Rise of Urbanism: The EB I–II Transition at Tel Bet Yerah [407-436]

Section 5: Synthetic Household Studies

16. Catherine P. Foster, The Uruk Phenomenon: A View from the Household [437-472]

17. David Frankel & Jennifer M. Webb, Household Continuity and Transformation in a Prehistoric Cypriot Village [473-500]

18. Jeffrey R. Chadwick & Aren M. Maeir, How Households Can Illuminate the Historical Record: The Judahite Houses at Gath of the Philistines [501-518]

19. James W. Hardin, Household Archaeology in the Southern Levant: An Example from Iron Age Tell Halif [519-558]

Section 6: Afterword

20. Roger Matthews, About the Archaeological House: Themes and Directions [559-566]

General Index [567]


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