Domestic Architecture and the Use of Space: An Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Study (New Directions in Archaeology)

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Domestic Architecture and the Use of Space investigates the relationship between the built environment and the organisation of space. The contributors are classical and prehistoric archaeologists, anthropologists and architects, who from their different backgrounds are able to provide some important and original insights into this relationship.

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This text investigates the relationship between the built environment and the organization of space. The contributors are classical and prehistoric archaeologists, anthropologists, and architects, who form their different backgrounds are able to provide some important and original insights into this relationship. They explore the fundamental role of culture as expressed in technology, symbolism, sociopolitical organization and economics, and draw on case studies from past and present groups in North America, South America, Africa, and elsewhere.

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'Kent and her collaborators offer a stimlating array of perspectives on the form and use of domestic space. The diversity of approaches taken is valuable both for developing research design and for provoking exciting classroom discussion.' Wendy Ashmore, University of Pennsylvania

'This corpus of papers is certainly a valuable contribution to research on the creation, use and meaning of the built environment.' Michael Adler, Journal of Anthropological Research

'... this collection brings together studies and theoretical papers on functional and symbolic spatial relationships in buildings and settlements. Drawing upon examples from a wide range of cultures it is invaluable to researchers in both ethnoarchaeology and vernacular architecture.' Paul Oliver, The Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World

'The theoretical scope of this volume holds great import not only for prehistorians and ethnoarchaeologists but for historical and urban archaeologists as well.' Belinda Blomberg, American Antiquity

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