chapter  7
16 Pages

Nebelivka: Assembly Houses, Ditches, and Social Structure

ByJohn Chapman, Bisserka Gaydarska, Duncan Hale

During the last decades, the excavations of Trypillia structures at three mega-sites of the Uman region resulted in new information about question which have been intensely discussed during the last century; house architecture, household and house place organization, and the economic, political, and social constitution of household-units and mega-sites. With the new information available today, it is much easier to tackle many implications with respect to questions linked to notions of village life and, in the case of Trypillia C1 proto-urbanism. A house place usually consists of the house itself, represented first by the ploschchadki with the remains of walls, floors, and installations, second by an extraction pit, and third by an activity and waste zone in the direct vicinity. In all geophysical plans of the mega-sites, the spatial link between the remains of burnt houses and pits is usually visible.