Open Archaeology

Topical Issue on Understanding diversity in Neolithic houses and households

Joanna Pyzel, University of Gdańsk, Poland
Penny Bickle, University of York, UK
Ben Chan, Leiden University, Netherlands
Lech Czerniak, University of Gdańsk, Poland
Christina Tsoraki, Leiden University, Netherlands


This volume arises from two EAA sessions. The first one Who lived in longhouses? was held at the EAA 2014 in Istanbul. The aim of it was to assess the present state of research on Linearbandkeramik (LBK) and post-LBK households, with particular attention to possible applications of Levi-Strauss’s model of sociétés á maison (house societies). The session presented new directions for future research, but a number of particular themes arose that warranted further discussion. Therefore a following session At home in the Neolithic at the EAA 2015 in Glasgow was organised, which widened the scope to other regions of Europe during the Neolithic.

In this topical issue we would like to invite contributions investigating the diversity of ways in which Neolithic communities related to their domestic architecture. Particular attention should be paid on the application of combined approaches to domestic architectures across the Neolithic Europe, to compare and contrast the different material practices associated with houses, and the effects that different degrees of preservation have on our interpretations of those practices.

We invite contributions to the volume which consider variability in the architecture of the Neolithic on varied scales, both within and between settlements of one region or culture, as well as those comparing and contrasting houses and households between different geographic regions. We encourage authors to address a specific range of questions: do different subsistence strategies and material remains indicate varied social groupings or can we understand variation in other ways? To what extent can we identify competition and co-operation between households? How confidently can we identify the practices associated with houses? To what extent did those practices shape emerging Neolithic societies? Beyond hierarchy, what are the other salient factors and scales for investigating differentiation?

At Home in the Neolithic: Understanding Diversity in Neolithic Houses and Households
Penny Bickle, Ben Chan, Lech Czerniak, Joanna Pyzel, Christina Tsoraki

Being at Home in the Early Chalcolithic. The Longhouse Phenomenon in the Brześć Kujawski Culture in the Polish Lowlands
Lech Czerniak, Joanna Pyzel

From LBK to SBK: Pottery, Bones, Lithics and Houses at the Neolithic site of Hrdlovka, Czech Republic
Václav Vondrovský,  Jaromír Beneš, Michaela Divišová, Lenka Kovačiková, Petr Šída

Household Scales: What Cooking Pots Can Tell Us About Households in the Late Neolithic Stavroupoli (Northern Greece)
Marianna Lymperaki, Dushka Urem-Kotsou, Stavros Kotsos, Kostas Kotsakis

Houses, Households, Activity Zones in the Post-LBK World. Results of the Raw Material Analysis of the Chipped Stone Tools at Polgár- Csőszhalom, Northeast Hungary
Norbert Faragó

The Role of Sunken-Floored Buildings in LBK Farmstead
Łukasz Połczyński, Katarzyna Michalak

Linear Pottery Houses and Their Inhabitants
Ivan Pavlů

Between Cultic Fear and Lack of Wood
Eric Biermann