House to house enquiries in the Hellenistic near east

Grant number: DP0450878

Abstract

Housing is primary, vivid evidence of domestic life. Its key role in interpreting the social fabric of human settlement is a current international debate. This will be the first study of households in the Near East in the Seleucid period, when Macedonians settled the Levant. Did Greek culture interact with eastern traditions? Only archaeological evidence survives. The project takes a unique, newly-excavated site in Syria as a starting point for a wider investigation of Hellenistic houses in the Near East, using the cross-disciplinary evidence of architecture, ceramics, domestic cult, zooarchaeology, palaeobotany and nuclear analysis of clays to interpret living space.