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Houses of the Living: Domestic Architecture in England and Wales, 4000-1500 BC

Bullmore, Hannah; (2022) Houses of the Living: Domestic Architecture in England and Wales, 4000-1500 BC. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis explores the changes that occurred in domestic architecture in England and Wales over the course of the Neolithic until the start of the Middle Bronze Age (c.4000-1500 BC), from the possible longhouses of the Early Neolithic until the emergence of the roundhouse tradition in the Early Bronze Age. While analysis of monumental architecture has dominated studies of the built environment during this period, the study of domestic architecture has remained far more limited, despite widespread recognition of the important social roles fulfilled by domestic structures. This thesis redresses this balance by considering the ways in which domestic structures also shaped (and were shaped by) ways of living in the Neolithic to Early Bronze Age. This project provides an upto-date dataset that quantifies the number of excavated structures dating to the Neolithic to Early Bronze Age for the first time in several decades, identifying 235 structures from 138 sites across England and Wales. The ways in which these structures were built, inhabited, and abandoned is explored in depth, building a highly detailed picture of the changing architectural traditions of the Neolithic to Early Bronze Age. Possible connections to wider spheres of human life are considered, notably links to changing monumental traditions, prevailing subsistence practices and wider changes in material culture. While several key trends in construction are recorded, this study highlights the considerable diversity in the building practices of the period between 4000-1500 BC across much of England and Wales.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Houses of the Living: Domestic Architecture in England and Wales, 4000-1500 BC
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2022. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10161368
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