Agency and Identity in the Ancient Near East: New Paths by Sharon R. Steadman, Jennifer C. Ross

By Sharon R. Steadman, Jennifer C. Ross

Techniques of employer and id have penetrated little or no into practices and examine agendas in close to japanese archaeology. This quantity addresses this lack, and initiates a brand new point of theoretical discourse within the box. numerous issues run through the chapters within the quantity, together with: how organization thought could be hired in reconstructing the that means of areas and fabric tradition; how organisation and identification intersect and the way archaeologists could examine this intersection; how the supply of a textual corpus may well influence the company strategy. An overarching objective of this quantity is to strengthen the theoretical discourse inside of archaeology, and especially between practitioners of archaeology within the close to East. the quantity is interdisciplinary, together with contributions derived from the fields of philology, artwork heritage, machine simulation experiences, fabrics technological know-how, and the archaeology of payment, structure, and empire. It deals chapters ranging in time from the Neolithic to the Islamic interval, and covers cultures and websites positioned within the present-day areas of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel.

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The public nature of early processing contrasts with the private, secret character of storage (see below) and later processing stages, where there was potentially more opportunity for defiance of norms. Further identification and study of the remains of individual processing events such as those outside of Building 65 may eventually reveal such nonconformity. 70 AGENCY AND IDENTITY IN THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST Storage Plant foods. Direct evidence for plant food storage-that is, concentrations of edible plant parts preserved in situ-is mostly available only in buildings that were destroyed by fire.

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Given that new burned buildings with well-preserved storage features and plant deposits are continuing to emerge-such as Building 77 excavated in the summer of 2008 (House and Yeomans 2008) and Building 63 excavated in 2006-8 (Ozba§aran and Duru 2006, 2008)-more data will soon be available. In the current context, we would emphasize that variation in the extent to which households built and used clay bins for plant storage reflects an important aspect of household agency. e. building several clay bins into a side room space that approximated the volume of space needed annually by a small family) but also considerable scope for use of other perishable containers in the place of bins, variable rates at which bins were renewed and updated and so on.

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