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Understanding Houses, Households, And The Levantine Archaeological Record

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This chapter examines some methodological and theoretical developments within household archaeology generally. This examination includes the household's usefulness for understanding past societies; a brief history of household archaeology; approaches to understanding houses, households, and the archaeological record of the Levant; and how the Levantine archaeological record and extraarchaeological data sources make the Levant particularly well suited for household research. The great quantity of Levantine archaeological data related to households from many different periods facilitates crosstemporal comparisons, thereby providing improved understandings of the processes of culture change and how certain household types may be very stable or fragile through time with changing social, economic, and/or political factors. Numerous ethnographic and ethnoarchaeological studies have addressed problems inherent to analogical-based studies. The "house of the father" identifies a typically recurring and historically common patrilocal, extended "Mediterranean"-type household.

Keywords: ethnoarchaeological studies; ethnographic studies; households; Levantine archaeological record



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