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Title: The lives of houses: duration, context and history at Neolithic Uivar
Authors: Draşovean, Florin
Schier, Wolfram
Bayliss, Alex
Gaydarska, Bisserka
Whittle, Alasdair
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Keywords: Neolithic houses
house duration
Uivar tell
radiocarbon dating
chronological modelling
historical and relational approaches
Issue Date: Nov-2017
Citation: Draşovean F, Schier W, Bayliss A, Gaydarska B & Whittle A (2017) The lives of houses: duration, context and history at Neolithic Uivar, European Journal of Archaeology, 20 (4), pp. 636-662.
Abstract: There is a considerable mix of models for house durations in the literature on Neolithic Europe. This article presents a summary of a formal chronological model for the Neolithic tell of Uivar in western Romania. We provide estimates of house duration and relate houses to other features of the development of this tell, from the later sixth to the mid-fifth millennium calbc. Three wider implications are discussed: that the house must be contextualized case by case; that house duration gives powerful insights into the sociality of community; and that houses, surprisingly often taken rather for granted in Neolithic archaeology, should be fully integrated into the interpretation of Neolithic histories. From what perspective, anthropocentric or relational, that may best be done, is open to question; while it may be helpful to think in this case in terms of the lives and vitality of houses, the ability of people to create and vary history should not be set aside lightly.
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