Household Scales: What Cooking Pots Can Tell Us About Households in the Late Neolithic Stavroupoli (Northern Greece)

Marianna Lymperaki 1 , Dushka Urem-Kotsou 1 , Stavros Kotsos 2  and Kostas Kotsakis 3
  • 1 Democritus University of Thrace, Department of History and Ethnology, Komotini. 69100, Greece
  • 2 Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs, Ephorate of Antiquities Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 3 Aristotle University, Department of History and Archaeology, Thessaloniki, 54124, Greece

Abstract

Remains of the houses in the Late Neolithic of Northern Greece are as a rule less well preserved than in some other regions of Greece such as Thessaly. The site of Stavroupoli-Thessaloniki is a settlement with a dense habitation pattern, but poorly preserved architecture. Several habitation phases have been distinguished, dating to the Middle and Late Neolithic. Radiocarbon dates place the earlier phase to 5890 B.C. or slightly later. As the domestic unit in Stavroupoli can barely be approached through their architecture, the ceramic wares and particularly the cooking vessels will be used as a proxy to identify households and clarify aspects of their organization. The size of domestic units is approached through capacity of cooking pots, assuming that sharing cooked food on everyday level is a vital element of these units. Also, variability in cooking techniques between houses and possible changes through time will be examined through both the shape and the size of cooking vessels. Finally, Stavroupoli’s cooking pots will be compared with cooking vessels from other contemporaneous sites in order to approach the issue of household on a regional level.

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