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Open Archaeology: Topical Issue on Understanding diversity in Neolithic houses and households

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Joanna Pyzel, University of Gdańsk, Poland
Penny Bickle, University of York, UK
Ben Chan, Leiden University, Netherlands
Lech Czerniak, University of Gdańsk, Poland
Christina Tsoraki, Leiden University, Netherlands


Open Archaeology invites manuscripts for the Special Issue on Understanding diversity in Neolithic houses and households

This volume arises from two EAA sessions. The first one Who lived in longhouses? was held at the EAA 2014 in Istanbul. The aim of it was to assess the present state of research on Linearbandkeramik (LBK) and post-LBK households, with particular attention to possible applications of Levi-Strauss’s model of sociétés á maison (house societies). The session presented new directions for future research, but a number of particular themes arose that warranted further discussion. Therefore a following session At home in the Neolithic at the EAA 2015 in Glasgow was organised, which widened the scope to other regions of Europe during the Neolithic.

In this topical issue we would like to invite contributions investigating the diversity of ways in which Neolithic communities related to their domestic architecture. Particular attention should be paid on the application of combined approaches to domestic architectures across the Neolithic Europe, to compare and contrast the different material practices associated with houses, and the effects that different degrees of preservation have on our interpretations of those practices.

We invite contributions to the volume which consider variability in the architecture of the Neolithic on varied scales, both within and between settlements of one region or culture, as well as those comparing and contrasting houses and households between different geographic regions. We encourage authors to address a specific range of questions: do different subsistence strategies and material remains indicate varied social groupings or can we understand variation in other ways? To what extent can we identify competition and co-operation between households? How confidently can we identify the practices associated with houses? To what extent did those practices shape emerging Neolithic societies? Beyond hierarchy, what are the other salient factors and scales for investigating differentiation?


The authors are kindly invited to submit their contribution via online submission system Editorial Manager.

It is important that authors include a cover letter with their manuscript with information that the manuscript is dedicated to Topical Issue on Understanding diversity in Neolithic houses and households.

The cover letter should explicitly state that the manuscript (or one with substantially the same content, by any of the authors) has not been previously published in any language anywhere and that it is not under simultaneous consideration or in press by another journal.

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors.

All papers will go through the Open Archaeology high standards, quick and comprehensive peer-review procedure.

We are looking forward to your submission before 20th April 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Joanna Pyzel at joanna.pyzel@univ.gda.pl or Katarzyna Michalak at Katarzyna.Michalak@degruyteropen.com

As an author of Open Archaeology you will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by our esteemed Guest Editors;
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open e-technology;
  • no publication fees;
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.