Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Hardin, James W.

Committee Member

Seger, Joe D.

Committee Member

Miller, Darcy Shane

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Applied Anthropology

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures


Although household archaeology has been around for a number of years now, it has been slow to truly catch on as a way to learn something about the people of ancient Israel as a whole. Many archaeologists historically were only interested in the monumental architecture like: “palatial and storage complexes, cultic complexes, cemeteries, and fortification systems” (Hardin 2011:12). Archaeologists have realized that studying the basic housing and activity areas of the people that inhabit cities and the outlying areas lead them to have a greater understanding of what is really happening on a day-to-day basis. Understanding what is happening in a small family’s daily life provides information about how the society as a whole might be working. While household archaeology can be studied anywhere by essentially the same methods that will be used in this thesis, my focus will be on the Iron Age II of the southern Levant.