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A 'good death': The life and times of an experimental neolithic house and its reception in Nebelivka

Gaydarska, B; Chapman, J; Nebbia, M; Johnston, S; (2019) A 'good death': The life and times of an experimental neolithic house and its reception in Nebelivka. AP: Online Journal in Public Archaeology , 9 pp. 7-38. 10.23914/AP.V9I1.241. Green open access

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Abstract

Thousands of archaeological fieldwork projects must have stories about the interactions between their host village and the Project, although such accounts rarely make it to publication. The Anglo-Ukrainian Trypillia Megasites Project differs from many others in that we developed a closer relationship than usual with the villagers of Nebelivka, Ukraine, largely because of an experimental house-building and -burning operation that involved a number of villagers, from young reed- and hazel withy-collectors to the village Mayor. In this article, we weave together the different threads of actions, decisions, agendas and attitudes of the different stakeholders (team, villagers, politicians, journalists, other villagers, conference delegates etc.) in respect of the Project's experimental programme, focussing on the day of the house-burning, with its spectacular multi-sensory results. In conclusion, we reflect upon the application of the question 'what is a good death?' to a prehistoric house, taking into consideration the varied views of the participants on this question.

Type: Article
Title: A 'good death': The life and times of an experimental neolithic house and its reception in Nebelivka
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.23914/AP.V9I1.241
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.23914/AP.V9I1.241
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright (c) 2020 John Chapman Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Keywords: house-building; house-burning; experimental archaeology; village of Nebelivka; Trypillia group; Neolithic; Ukraine; national media; local media; community engagement
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10105178
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