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    House, household, home

    McFadyen, Lesley (2013) House, household, home. In: Hofmann, D. and Smyth, J. (eds.) Tracking the Neolithic House in Europe - Sedentism, Architecture and Practice. Sedentism, Architecture and Practice Series: One World Archaeology. New York, USA: Springer. ISBN 9781461452881.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: unique approach to studying the change in society in the Neolithic examining the issue on an international scale authors follow a prescribed set of themes to ensure comparison between chapters The Neolithic period sees the transformation from hunter-gatherer societies to farming groups, practising agriculture, domestication and sedentism. This lifestyle spread gradually from the Near East into Europe, and archaeologists have long focused on observing the movements of plants, animals and people. However, the changes in domestic architecture of the time have not been examined from an explicitly comparative perspective. Tracking the Neolithic house in Europe: Sedentism, Architecture, and Practice explores the ways in which the transition to sedentism is played out in the earliest houses in the Near East and across Europe. Along with tracking sedentism, Neolithic houses also allow researchers to address changing cultural and group identity, and the varying social and cosmological significance of building. All these aspects alter considerably as one moves westwards and northwards across the European continent and as sedentism becomes more established in each region. Chapters are arranged geographically and chronologically to allow for easy comparisons between neighbouring areas. Contributors address: Construction materials and architectural characteristics How houses facilitated certain kinds of routine practice and dwelling The cosmological dimensions of domestic architecture The role of tradition and change Three insightful discussion chapters—on the continent-wide development of Neolithic architecture over time, archaeological approaches to buildings, and anthropological perspectives—round off the volume. Tracking the Neolithic House in Europe: Sedentism, Architecture, and Practice is for archaeologists, anthropologists, and any student of the Neolithic.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Neolithic, agriculture, domestic architecture, domestication, sedentism
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Research Centre: Architecture Space and Society Centre
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2014 17:32
    Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 14:57
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8883

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