While the functional analysis of houses is increasingly adopted, even in the archaeology of Sicily, as a tool usefulfor understanding the ancient way of life and the changing attitudes towards the ‘private’ space from the Early Archaicto Late Hellenistic times, it is mainly based on the architectural layout and on the physical characteristics ofthe buildings, or sometimes on a tiny selection of the findings. The possibility of analysing the activities concernedwith production and commerce, and of appreciating the economic role of the domestic units, is consequently hardlylimited. An useful case study is the town of Himera, due to the extension of the residential districts. So, a multifacetedapproach is needed, one that considers not only ‘hard ’features like room-types and installations (which oftenhave been lost), and some probable ‘indicators’, but, as far as possible, takes in account the whole context with therange of small finds and assemblages, the patterns of circulation and accessibility, and the availability of water,closeness to roads, proximity to the agora and the harbour, and other factors determining the economic ‘strategies’of the house-owners.
|Title of host publication||La città che produce. Archeologia della produzione negli spazi urbani|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|