chapter  1
Social Archaeology and the Study of Architecture
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This chapter describes the Pierre Bourdieu's study of the Berber House that ignited a full-blown desire to track gendered spaces in the archaeological record. It also focuses on gender and the built environment with an eye to three different areas, the sexual division of labor, gendered seclusion or specialized gender-based buildings, and gender and status, all of which may become archaeologically visible through the generational practice of habitus. The chapter explains the evidence in Turkey, Adir Hyk, suggests that textile production took place on the roof of the house and in the partially covered courtyard, in the mixed herding and agricultural economy of prehistoric Adir, it seems logical to infer that the time-consuming activity of weaving fell to the women, who were more likely to be spending longer hours in the household. Beyond the spatial elements associated with the sexual division of labor are the spaces designated as male or female for more symbolic or ideological reasons.