Households at Pella, Jordan

domestic destruction deposits of the mid-8th C.

Alan Walmsley

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Abstract

The excavation of 6 courtyard houses at Pella in the Jordan Valley, destroyed in a massive earthquake in the mid-8th c. A.D., provides an exceptional opportunity to study a wide range of objects from daily life within a secure archaeological context. The recovery of detailed information about the layout of buildings and the contextual origin of the many domestic objects recovered permit a full reconstruction of life in the household, especially the use of space. Generally, the upstairs area served as the primary living quarters, whereas the ground floor was used to house valuable domestic animals and for light workshop activities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationObjects in context, objects in use
Subtitle of host publicationmaterial spatiality in Late Antiquity
EditorsLuke Lavan, Ellen Swift, Toon Putzeys
Place of PublicationLeiden ; Boston
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Pages239-272
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9789004165502
ISBN (Print)9789047433057
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLate Antique Archaeology
Volume5
ISSN (Print)1570-6893

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Walmsley, A. (2007). Households at Pella, Jordan: domestic destruction deposits of the mid-8th C. In L. Lavan, E. Swift, & T. Putzeys (Eds.), Objects in context, objects in use: material spatiality in Late Antiquity (pp. 239-272). (Late Antique Archaeology; Vol. 5). Leiden ; Boston: Brill Academic Publishers. https://doi.org/10.1163/ej.9789004165502.i-742.69