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Household Activities At Tel Beersheba

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This chapter is a summary of the Stratum II dwelling units at Tel Beersheba after which is an attempt to define a "household assemblage" that would comprise both the architectural remains and the finds discovered within them. Drawing upon the spatial analysis, the author discerns activity areas and integrates them into a single social unit, a "household". He then compares assemblages from different households, which makes it possible to determine which activities were typical of all households and which were restricted to a certain specialized group or family. The results of the excavation of Tel Beersheba Stratum II comprises the basic data for this research, although this study is also informed by ethnoarchaeological studies carried out in Iran, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and Israel. These studies show that there is a large degree of consistency in domestic architecture and spatial organization across the ancient Near East.

Keywords: ethnoarchaeological study; household assemblage; Tel Beersheba spatial organization; Tel Beersheba Stratum II



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