Archaeological ethnographies: Social dynamics of outdoor space

Cynthia Robin, Nan A. Rothschild

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The way people organize living spaces defines and is defined by all aspects of their lives - social, political, economic and ritual. People meaningfully produce, use and experience living spaces. This calls for social and historical analyses of space as actually lived. By exploring notions of lived or living spaces we attempt to take up the idea of socializing spatial archaeology called for by Ashmore in her distinguished lecture. As a vehicle for exploring a holistic notion of lived space we, like many landscape archaeologists, advocate a greater incorporation of analyses of outdoor spaces in archaeological thought and research design, because it is important to consider the loci of all human activities (e.g. indoor/outdoor, built/unbuilt), and because outdoor spaces, significant to many aspects of life, have been traditionally overlooked by site- or structure-centric archaeologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-172
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social Archaeology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


  • ethnography
  • household archaeology
  • landscapes
  • social organization
  • spatial analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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