chapter  5
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HOUSING AND HOUSEHOLDS

Clusters of roofed structures, courtyards and streets, representing the remains of domestic neighbourhoods, have been brought to light at several Euphrates’ sites. The common folk of Early Bronze Age settlements resided in these places, and daily activities, such as food preparation, eating, sleeping, and small-scale craft activities, were carried out there. Fortunately, enough domestic spaces have been excavated to make some general observations about the social and economic character of the individuals who inhabited them and the ways in which their status and livelihood changed over time. We will also comment on how the houses reflect the growing and distinctive, urban character of the Euphrates region of this period.