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The Empire In The House, The House In The Empire: Toward A Household Archaeology Perspective On The Assyrian Empire In The Levant

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This chapter advocates a new emphasis on the careful investigation and analysis of ordinary domestic structures in Assyrian imperial provinces, aiming to identify changes and continuities in the domestic economies and social organization of its subjects. Such a program of household archaeology is planned for the new excavations of the University of Chicago at Sam'al, the capital of a small Syro-Hittite Kingdom that became an Assyrian province in the late eighth century BCE. One of the major issues in the study of ancient empires has long been the question of the fundamental motivation for their expansion into and consolidation of new territories. The methods and questions of household archaeology can play an important role in the effort to better understand one of the key issues in the study of the Assyrian Empire and ancient empires in general.

Keywords: Assyrian Empire; Household Archaeology



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