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The household has been a topic of considerable anthropological interest since membership in a residential unit is often held as one of the prerequisites for belonging to the wider political, religious and cultural groupings. The paper focuses on the settlement of Ayia Irini on the island of Kea (Aegean, Greece) and puts the spotlight on the households dating from the end of the Middle Bronze Age to the middle of the Late Bronze, or 17th to 15th c. BCE. Aided by GIS and ethnographic analogies, a delineation of various households is proposed based on a combination of various types of archaeological evidence, such as hearths, concentrations of cooking paraphernalia, and storage facilities. Households are analyzed in order to assess their position within the socio-economic landscape of the site and trace patterns of social interaction (from cooperation and peaceful coexistence to competition and conflict).
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