A Social Archaeology of Households in Neolithic Greece: An Anthropological Approach
The study of households and everyday life is increasingly recognized as fundamental in social archeological analysis. This volume is the first to address the household as a process and as a conceptual and analytical means through which we can interpret social organization from the bottom up. Using detailed case studies from Neolithic Greece, Stella Souvatzi examines how the household is defined socially, culturally, and historically; she discusses household and community, variability, production and reproduction, individual and collective agency, identity, change, complexity, and integration. Her study is enriched by an in-depth discussion of the framework for the household in the social sciences and the synthesis of many anthropological, historical, and sociological examples. It reverses the view of the household as passive, ahistorical, and stable, showing it instead to be active, dynamic, and continually shifting.
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1 THE HOUSEHOLD IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
2 THE HOUSEHOLD AS PROCESS IN A SOCIAL ARCHAEOLOGY
3 THE NEOLITHIC OF GREECE
THE EXAMPLES OF EARLY NEOLITHIC NEA NIKOMEDEIA AND MIDDLE NEOLITHIC SESKLO
LATE NEOLITHIC DIMINI A DETAILED CASE STUDY IN HOUSEHOLD ORGANISATION
6 HOMOGENEITY OR DIVERSITY? HOUSEHOLDS AS VARIABLE PROCESSES
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Achilleion activities archaeology architecture artefacts assemblage associated Bronze Age burials central ceramic Chapter clay complex construction contexts craft specialisation decoration deﬁned deﬁnition deposits Dikili Dikili Tash Dimini Dimini Bowl Dimini Ware distribution ditch domestic Early Neolithic economic Efstratiou enclosures evidence example excavation ﬁgurines ﬁnds ﬁne ﬁre ﬁrst ﬂat ﬂoor function gender Greece Greek Neolithic groups Halstead hearth heterarchy Hourmouziadis household identiﬁed ideology indicate individual inside kinship Knossos Kotsakis labour Late Neolithic layout Limenaria Magoula Makri Makriyalos Makrychori material culture Middle Neolithic models monochrome mud brick Nea Nikomedeia Neolithic settlement obsidian patterns Pefkakia Peloponnese Perl`es pithos pits pots pottery practices processes production Promachonas-Topolniˇca reﬂect relationships ritual Sesklo signiﬁcance Sitagroi Skourtopoulou social organisation social reproduction social units societies space spatial speciﬁc Spondylus Stavroupolis stone platform stone tools storage structures suggest symbolic Theocharis Thessaly tion Toufexis Tsountas types variability variation vessels walls