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The life and times of the house: multi-scalar perspectives on settlement from the Neolithic of the Alpine foreland

Hofmann, Daniela, Ebersbach, Renate, Doppler, Thomas and Whittle, Alasdair 2016. The life and times of the house: multi-scalar perspectives on settlement from the Neolithic of the Alpine foreland. European Journal of Archaeology 19 (4) , pp. 596-630. 10.1080/14619571.2016.1147317

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Abstract

The settlement record of the Neolithic of the northern Alpine foreland is used to address the question of what difference having high-resolution chronology — in this case principally provided by dendrochronology — makes to the kinds of narrative we seek to write about the Neolithic. In a search for detailed histories, three kinds of scale are examined. The longer-term development of cultural patterns and boundaries is found to correlate very imprecisely with the character and architecture of settlements. Individual houses and settlements were generally short-lived, suggesting considerable fluidity in social relations at the local level. Greater continuity can be found in the landscape, perhaps involving more than individual communities. We argue that the particular history of the northern Alpine foreland is best understood by interweaving multiple temporal scales, an approach that will need to be extended to other case studies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1461-9571
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 July 2016
Date of Acceptance: 25 October 2015
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 22:17
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/92931

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