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A comprehensive investigation of household life during the Upper Paleolithic era. What was home and family like in Paleolithic Europe? How did mobile hunter-gatherer families live, work, and play together in the fourteenth millennium BP? What were the functional and spatial constraints and markers of their domesticity—the processes that create and sustain a household? Despite the long recognized absence of comprehensive archaeological data on such ancient homes and hearths, the archaeologists in this volume begin unraveling the domesticity of the Upper Paleolithic by drawing on both an immense trove of new material evidence and comparative site data, and a range of incisive and illuminating ethnographic analogies, theoretical models, and simulations. Five Late Magdalenian sites from the Paris Basin and one later Azilian site provide striking evidence of well preserved camps of short duration, situated on valley bottoms and buried by gentle floods. Of particular interest and value is the site of Verberie, rich in lithic tools, faunal remains, hearts, and other indicators of spatial organization, which has been excavated continuously for twenty-six years by the same director and provides an unparalleled source of information on Paleolithic domesticity. The first group of essays and reports look at the technology and demographic evidences of domesticity; the second set seeks clues to the spatial patterning of Paleolithic households; while the final essays draw on ethnographic analogies to reconstruct and interpret gendered divisions of labor, perishable technologies, and other activities not directly recognizable from archaeological remains.

Table of Contents

  1. The Magdalenian House Hold: Unraveling Domesticity
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  1. The Magdalenian House Hold: Unraveling Domesticity
  2. p. iii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Prefacing the Household
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Domesticity Expressed
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I: Technology and Demography
  2. p. 9
  1. Chapter One: Technology and Demographics: An Introduction
  2. pp. 11-14
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  1. Chapter Two: The Magdalenian Site of Verberie (Le Buisson Campin): An Overview
  2. pp. 15-21
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  1. Chapter Three: Fauna and Site Structure at Verberie: Implications for Domesticity and Demography
  2. pp. 22-50
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  1. Chapter Four: Technologie Lithique
  2. pp. 51-75
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  1. Chapter Five: Utilisation et Transformation des Mati
  2. pp. 76-90
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  1. Chapter Six: Pincevent and Verberie Rocks and Hearths: A Tentative Summary/ Preliminary Analysis
  2. pp. 91-102
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  1. Part II: Social Organization
  2. p. 103
  1. Chapter Seven: Introduction to Domesticity and Spatial Organization
  2. pp. 105-108
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  1. Chapter Eight: Archaeology of Equality: Magdalenian Economy
  2. pp. 109-130
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  1. Chapter Nine: GIS of Verberie: Spatial Definition of the Habitation Units
  2. pp. 131-144
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  1. Chapter Ten: Domesticity and Spatial Organization at Verberie
  2. pp. 145-175
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  1. Chapter Twelve: Éléments d’une Organisation Sociale Magdalénienne à Étiolles Du Savoir-faireau Statut Social des Personnes
  2. pp. 198-212
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  1. Chapter Thirteen: Comparing Social Organizations of Magdalenian Hunter-Gatherers: A Swiss Example
  2. pp. 213-221
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  1. Part III: From Today to Yesterday: Ethnographic Comparisons
  2. p. 223
  1. Chapter Fourteen: Introduction to the Ethnographic Section: Focusing on Interpreting the Magdalenian Sites of the Paris Basin
  2. pp. 225-226
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  1. Chapter Fifteen: The Probable Sexual Division of Labor in Magdalenian Hide: Working Ethnological Evidence
  2. pp. 227-234
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  1. Chapter Sixteen: The Roles of Perishable Technologies in Upper Paleolithic Lives
  2. pp. 235-244
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  1. Chapter Eighteen: M
  2. pp. 269-282
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  1. Conclusion: Domesticity Re-expressed
  2. pp. 283-297
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  1. English-French Index
  2. pp. 298-335
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781438433684
Related ISBN
9781438433677
MARC Record
OCLC
762913027
Pages
345
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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