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Household Archaeology In Israel: Looking Into The Microscopic Record

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Household archaeology is an area of research that is strongly influenced by anthropology. Allison demonstrates that, with the advent of ethnographic and ethnoarchaeological studies, came the realization of the complexity of households and their identification. Allison suggested that two steps of analysis should be conducted: 1. Households should be identified based on architectural parameters and the activities within them identified using material culture remains and pictorial and textual data. 2. All other goals of research might be inferred from studies conducted in step 1. This chapter presents two examples of studies that demonstrates the usefulness of geoarchaeological studies for understanding archaeological households. The first, originally published by Shahack-Gross et al. in 2009, shows how micromorphology established the true location of floors in a monumental Iron Age building at Tel Dor. The second, originally published by Shahack-Gross et al., shows how activity areas outside houses shed light on activities within houses.

Keywords: household archaeology in Israel; Iron Age Tel Dor



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