Tracking the Neolithic House in Europe

Sedentism, Architecture and Practice

  • Daniela Hofmann
  • Jessica Smyth

Part of the One World Archaeology book series (WORLDARCH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. A. Nigel Goring-Morris, Anna Belfer-Cohen
    Pages 19-44
  3. Natalia Burdo, Mikhail Videiko, John Chapman, Bisserka Gaydarska
    Pages 95-115
  4. Jonathan Last
    Pages 261-282
  5. Lars Larsson, Kristian Brink
    Pages 329-347
  6. Lesley McFadyen
    Pages 363-372
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 397-406

About this book


The Neolithic period sees the transformation from hunter-gatherer societies to farming groups, practising agriculture, domestication and sedentism. This lifestyle spread gradually from the Near East into Europe, and archaeologists have long focused on observing the movements of plants, animals and people. However, the changes in domestic architecture of the time have not been examined from an explicitly comparative perspective. Tracking the Neolithic house in Europe: Sedentism, Architecture, and Practice explores the ways in which the transition to sedentism is played out in the earliest houses in the Near East and across Europe.

Along with tracking sedentism, Neolithic houses also allow researchers to address changing cultural and group identity, and the varying social and cosmological significance of building. All these aspects alter considerably as one moves westwards and northwards across the European continent and as sedentism becomes more established in each region.

Chapters are arranged geographically and chronologically to allow for easy comparisons between neighbouring areas. Contributors address:

·        Construction materials and architectural characteristics

·        How houses facilitated certain kinds of routine practice and dwelling

·        The cosmological dimensions of domestic architecture

·        The role of tradition and change

Three insightful discussion chapters—on the continent-wide development of Neolithic architecture over time, archaeological approaches to buildings, and anthropological perspectives—round off the volume. Tracking the Neolithic House in Europe: Sedentism, Architecture, and Practice is for archaeologists, anthropologists, and any student of the Neolithic.


Neolithic agriculture domestic architecture domestication sedentism

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniela Hofmann
    • 1
  • Jessica Smyth
    • 2
  1. 1., School of History, Archaeology,Cardiff UniversityCardiffUnited Kingdom
  2. 2., School of ChemistryUniversity of BristolBristolUnited Kingdom

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