Is length significant? LBK longhouses and the social context in central-eastern Europe

Lech Czerniak


In studies on LBK societies, one of the categories of features which are potentially indicative of differences in social status are longhouses that are notable for their substantial length. The author examines this issue based on examples of LBK longhouses in Poland. Rescue excavations carried out during the past decade along the routes of planned motorways have led to the discovery of over 100 new longhouses together with their broader settlement contexts. This has provided a fresh insight into the social significance of exceptionally long houses based on the analysis of their construction details and interior layout, evidence of extensions and repairs, the composition and distribution of refuse, as well as spatial relationships with other houses and changes over time. The author believes that the longest of the longhouses was not the residence of an individual of exceptional status, but rather home to the most numerous (and most important?) household.
Author Lech Czerniak (FH / IAiE)
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- Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii
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Book Valde-Nowak Paweł, Sobczyk Krzysztof, Nowak Marek, Źrałka Jarosław (eds.): Multas per gentes et multa per saecula : amici magistro et collegae suo Ioanni Christopho Kozłowski dedicant , 2018, Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University in Kraków : Alter Publishing House, ISBN 978-83-948382-3-2, [978-83-64449-68-0 ], 670 p.
Keywords in EnglishEarly Neolithic, household, social organisation
Languageen angielski
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