Earthen Architecture as a Community of Practice: A Case Study of Neolithic Earthen Production in the Eastern Mediterranean

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This article analyses the development of Neolithic earthen architecture in the Eastern Mediterranean as a concrete example of 'communities of practice'. Recent studies on earthen architecture have highlighted its adaptability to different climates, architectural forms and craftmanship levels, focusing on the technological aspects of earthen construction. This paper explores the anthropological significance of earth as a building material. It provides evidence on the development of earthen building techniques, interactions between different communities regarding building practices and an understanding of the dynamics of chaine operatoire in relation to various materials. A review of archaeological case studies provides compelling preliminary evidence for the existence of early specialized architecture in Neolithic Aegean contexts.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCambridge Archaeological Journal
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)601-618
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Bronze-age
  • Networks
  • Clay

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