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Archaeological Perspectives on Houses and Households in Third Millennium Mesopotamian Society

Author(s): Alessandra Salvin
Subjects: Archaeology , Medicine

Book Description

There have been few studies in Ancient Near Eastern archaeology that have concentrated on domestic buildings, with little existent information about houses. This represents a serious lacuna in the knowledge of Mesopotamian culture, considering the importance of the house in society, as the main space of social dynamics.

This book addresses this gap, analysing the characteristics and the variations of Mesopotamian houses in the third millennium, which represents a critical period for early urbanization. It identifies common aspects and differences, and relates those characteristics to the socio-economical history of the period to broaden the understanding of this interesting period in Mesopotamian culture.

To examine variations and use of space, seven sites were analysed from north (Tell Melebiya, Titris Höyük, and Tell Taya), central (Khafajah and Tell Asmar) and south Mesopotamia (Tell Abu Salabikh and Shuruppak) for a total number of 68 house plans. Several aspects have been investigated, such as the size of households, the evidence of wealth, the concept of privacy, and the role of women in society.

The database of houses collected in this book also offers a reference for other sites to analyse houses and households.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0338-0
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0338-0
Date of Publication: 01/12/2017
Pages / Size: 337 / A5
Price: £61.99


Alessandra Salvin received her PhD in Archaeology from University College London. She was part of the excavation at Tell Mozan, Syria, conducted by the International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies. She excavated also at Volubilis, Morocco, and Aquileia, Italy, as well as several other sites belonging to periods ranging from prehistoric to medieval.