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date: 26 January 2021

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Thanks to their exceptional level of preservation, the Neolithic lakeside dwellings of the Circum-Alpine region are amongst the best researched prehistoric wooden habitations in Europe. This chapter focuses on how size, development, duration, and rotation of those habitations are determined by a myriad of factors, such as climate, environment, landscape morphology, socio-economic decisions, and cultural traits of the various communities. Special emphasis is placed upon the perception of a household, its composition, delimitations, and how it affects social relationships within a community. The chapter also stresses the importance of defining domestic space, and how internal division and ‘task-specific’ spaces influence and determine social organization and identity. A final point discussed is the idea that a household might not be limited to a single residential unit/house, but could include various dwellings within a single settlement.

Keywords: Lake-dwellings, Circum-Alpine region, wetland settlements, house biography, household, domestic space

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