Using Practice Theory to Infer Household Behaviors at Islamic Ashkelon

Author(s): Kathleen Forste

Year: 2016


The contents of archaeological features targeted for the recovery of botanical remains, such as hearths, ovens, pits, and floor surfaces, are more often than not the cumulative residue of multiple episodes of cooking, cleaning, or other activities that deposit and preserve plant parts. The actions responsible for this deposition can be illuminated when the patterns within the assemblage are interpreted within the framework of practice theory, which is well-suited for such applications due to its emphasis on studying repeated behaviors and relating them to wider cultural practices. While practice theory can guide meaningful interpretations across multiple scales of analysis, in this paper I apply it to the level of household in my interpretation of the charred macrobotanical remains collected from the Islamic occupation levels at Ashkelon, a multi-period tell located on the Mediterranean coast of present-day Israel.

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Using Practice Theory to Infer Household Behaviors at Islamic Ashkelon. Kathleen Forste. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404237)


Geographic Keywords
West Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 25.225; min lat: 15.115 ; max long: 66.709; max lat: 45.583 ;