RESEARCH

In the context of Aegean prehistory, the oikos, house and household, as a concept and analytical unit holds a key role in the study of social space and the development of social practices, interactions, and exchange. On the other hand, outdoor open-air spaces remain considerably under-examined. The BONDS project integrates the pressing need for reassessment of past narratives emerging from the great volume of new data during the last thirty years. It examines aspects of the many daily practices domestic and craftsthat were performed at the open-air outdoor spaces of Neolithic sites, not solely in special events or communal gatherings, but predominantly in quotidian routines. The project approaches outdoor space as multi-task venues and explores their dynamic contribution to the formation of diverse daily tasks, subsistence practices, and sociality. Combustion features, such as hearths, ovens, fire pits, food preparation benches and kilns, are here considered focal points for the control of outdoor spaces tackling questions of daily performativity, commensality, interaction, and social reproduction. The project focuses on northern Greece, including Thessaly and  Macedonia, where a dense concentration of Neolithic sites provides a rich data set for examination. BONDS builds on published and unpublished data to develop an all-encompassing multidisciplinary methodology that offers comprehensive interpretations, interchanged between the local and regional scale.