Towards a new concept of metamorphosing prehistoric domestic architecture

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Abstract

Prehistoric houses typically survive as pits and postholes. These plough-truncated buildings rarely preserve clear evidence for internal use, but one exception is a group of British roundhouses. Wear around their periphery created flat-bottomed gullies, interpreted as resulting from stalling animals. Disentangling these wear patterns can identify individual phases of use with implications for the houses’ superstructure and the underlying architectural concepts.
Detailed architectural analysis of later prehistoric houses, here exemplified by Scottish roundhouses, has concluded that the underlying concepts of architectural design were much more dynamic than previously anticipated. A metamorphosing architecture emerged that was more process than product and not restricted to organic materials, but that finds equivalent expression in stone. Ongoing work by the author is testing these conclusions against wider geographical and chronological parameters.
Translated title of the contributionTowards a new concept of metamorphosing prehistoric domestic architecture
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationArchitectures de l'âge du Fer en Europe occidentale et centrale
Subtitle of host publicationLes actes de 40e colloque international de l'AFEAF
EditorsAnne Villard-Le Tiec
Place of PublicationRennes
PublisherPresses Universitaires de Rennes
Pages619-623
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9782753574427
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2018
Event40e colloque international de l'AFEAF: Architectures de l'âge du Fer en Europe occidentale et centrale - Musée de Bretagne – Les Champs Libres, Rennes, France
Duration: 4 May 20167 May 2016

Conference

Conference40e colloque international de l'AFEAF: Architectures de l'âge du Fer en Europe occidentale et centrale
CountryFrance
CityRennes
Period4/05/167/05/16

Keywords

  • architectural design research
  • building materials
  • Bronze Age
  • Iron Age
  • roundhouses

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