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The Archaeology of Household Activities - Penelope M. Allison

The Archaeology of Household Activities

By: Penelope M. Allison (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st May 1999
ISBN: 9780415205979
Number Of Pages: 224

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Household archaeology has traditionally relied on architectural remains to investigate the role of households in the wider community, often ignoring the information that smaller artifacts can provide about the individuality of household members and the complexity of domestic relationships. Arguing for a closer, multidisciplinary examination of all the evidence at hand, "Archaeology of Household Activities" brings together recent archaeological research on domestic dwellings in pre-Roman Britain, Classic Mayan civilization, Greek and Roman cultures, and colonial Australia and the Americas. Using artifact-based approaches to explore the spatial, gender and status organization of household activities, the contributors provide a more holistic view of the dynamics of domestic life in communities of the past.
Contributors: Rani Alexander, Penelope Allison, Bradley Ault, Marilyn Goldberg, Vincent LaMotta, Susan Lawrence, Eleanor Leach, Brian McKee, Karen Meadows, Lisa Nevett, Michael Brian Schiffer, and Suzanne Spencer-Wood.

Industry Reviews

"There were a number of chapters I thought were exceptionally well written and researched... valuable reading for all classical and historic archaeologists unfamiliar with Schiffer's work or with prehistoric archaeology, where point pronveniencing, object functions, use of space, and similar foci are routine. Others will enjoy reading Chapters 3 and 7, 8 and 9, regardless of their archaeological background. Journal of Anthropological Research, Susan Kent, Old Dominion University, vol 56, 2000."

List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. ix
List of contributorsp. x
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Formation processes of house floor assemblagesp. 19
Household archaeology and cultural formation processes: Examples from the Ceren site, El Salvadorp. 30
Digging houses: Archaeologies of Classical and Hellenistic Greek domestic assemblagesp. 43
Labels for ladles: Interpreting the material culture of Roman householdsp. 57
Mesoamerican house lots and archaeological site structure: Problems of inference in Yaxcaba, Yucatan, Mexico, 1750-1847p. 78
The appetites of households in early Roman Britainp. 101
Towards a feminist archaeology of households: Gender and household structure on the Australian goldfieldsp. 121
Spatial and behavioural negotiation in Classical Athenian city housesp. 142
The world their household: Changing meanings of the domestic sphere in the nineteenth centuryp. 162
Discussion: Comments from a classicistp. 190
Indexp. 198
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ISBN: 9780415205979
ISBN-10: 0415205972
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st May 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 17.15  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1