Advances in the analysis of households in the early neolithic groups of the Iberian Peninsula: Deciphering a partial archaeological record

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Title: Advances in the analysis of households in the early neolithic groups of the Iberian Peninsula: Deciphering a partial archaeological record
Authors: Jover Maestre, Francisco Javier | Pastor Quiles, María | Torregrosa-Giménez, Palmira
Research Group/s: Prehistoria y Protohistoria
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Prehistoria, Arqueología, Historia Antigua, Filología Griega y Filología Latina | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arqueología y Patrimonio Histórico
Keywords: Early Neolithic | First farmers | Iberian Peninsula | Household | Domestic Unit | Activity area | Open-air site | Social Iberoamerican Archaeology
Knowledge Area: Prehistoria
Issue Date: Mar-2019
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. 2019, 53: 1-21. doi:10.1016/j.jaa.2018.10.001
Abstract: In this paper, we analyze the data related to the households of the first farmers in the Iberian Peninsula during the early Neolithic and discuss the theoretical and archaeological constraints on their recognition. Information is limited by different factors, such as the traditional excavation exclusively of caves and the difficulties in preserving the archaeological record at open-air sites. Most of these sites present diverse types of structures, from production-consumption, storage or waste areas, to different types of possible dwellings. We argue that the most common type of settlement within these groups were farms, which would constitute basic units of productive and social organization. Lastly, we highlight the research approach involving the open-air excavation at settlements large enough to allow the identification of domestic units.
ISSN: 0278-4165 (Print) | 1090-2686 (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaa.2018.10.001
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2018 Elsevier Inc.
Peer Review: si
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