Book Series LEMA, vol. 4

Households & Collective Buildings in Western Asian Neolithic Societies

Joaquim Sisa-López de Pablo, Anna Gómez Bach, Miquel Molist (eds)

  • Pages: xii + 220 p.
  • Size:216 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:73 b/w, 23 col., 4 tables b/w., 3 maps b/w, 8 maps color
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2024

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-60953-9
  • Paperback
  • Forthcoming (Aug/24)



Joaquim Sisa-López de Pablo got his PhD at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) with a thesis on the built environment of early settled communities in Southwest Asia through the application of geoarchaeological methods.

Anna Bach-Gómez is Associate Professor of Prehistory at the Department of Prehistory of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She has participated in many excavations in Western Asia and since 2018 is the director of the excavations at Gird Banahilk.

Miquel Molist is Professor of Prehistory at the Department of Prehistory of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Since the 90’s he has participated in and directed many archaeological projects in Western Asia including the excavations at Tell Halula.


Architecture, and the layout of settlements, are key elements of archaeological research that enable an understanding of past societies. In studying the built environment and the articulation of social spaces, it is possible to shed light on the social relations of communities, and on the ideology, economy, and cultural and social practices that underpinned how people lived. Taking a study of the built environment as its starting point, this volume draws together contributions focusing on the Neolithic transition in south-western Asia. Covering a period that extends from the Early Pre-Pottery Neolithic through to the Late Neolithic (c. 10,000–5500 BCE), the chapters gathered here explore the built environment from different regions, perspectives, and methodologies, and draw on new theoretical and analytical approaches in order to expand our knowledge of the emergence of the Neolithic through the lens of architectural and settlement analysis.


List of Illustrations

Introduction to the Volume
Joaquim Sisa-López de Pablo, Anna Bach-Gómez & Miquel Molist

1. Aggregation: Key to the Art of Being Neolithic
Trevor Watkins

2. House and Household in the Neolithic
Bill Finlayson

3. Évolution des Bâtiments Communautaires au PPNA en Anatolie Orientale : Diversité et Similari
Ergül Kodaş

4. South-West Asian Neolithic Architecture – Perspectives from Göbekli Tepe
Moritz Kinzel

5. Internal Divisions of the PPNB Settlement at Gre Filla in the Upper Tigris Region
A. Tuba Ökse

6. Obsidian Knapping Techniques in Communal Structures During the PPNB: A Case Study on Gre Filla in the Upper Tigris Region
Zeynep Beyza Ağirsoy
7. Adjoining Spaces, Building Communities. Agglutinative Architecture at Neolithic Barcın Höyük in North-West Anatolia
Elisha van den Bos & Fokke Gerritsen

8. Special-Purpose Buildings at the Late Neolithic Çatalhöyük
Patrycja Filipowicz & Arkadiusz Marciniak

9. Some Observations on the Late Neolithic Houses of the Southern Foothills of the Taurus Mountains
Halil Tekin

10. Re-Building the Neolithic: What Does a Decade Change?
Pascal Flohr & Bill Finlayson

11. Funerary Structures from the Neolithic Period at Tell Qaramel, North-West Syria
Youssef Kanjou

12. Re-Thinking the Use-Life Cycle of PPNB Houses at Tell Halula
Joaquim Sisa-López de Pablo, Miquel Molist, Julia Wattez, Anna Bach-Gómez

13. Diversity in Shape and Function. Chagar Bazar: A Household Approach
Anna Bach-Gómez & Walter Cruells

14. New Considerations on the Neolithic Architecture in Southern Caucasus
Emmanuel Baudouin