Date of Completion

Spring 5-9-2010

Thesis Advisor(s)

Alexia Smith

Honors Major



Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture | Anthropology | Architectural History and Criticism | History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology


The study of architecture within archaeology has not had a direct, well-defined history nor a singular academic pursuit. Yet over time, four branches have developed; they examine: 1) the object itself; structures as artifacts, 2) activity areas within a structure, 3) the specific way in which a building confines space, and 4) the relationship between human behavior and architecture.

This investigation surveys domestic space in the Bronze Age Mesopotamian urban centers of Tell Asmar, Nippur, and Ur. The analysis uses methods from the study of space, such as space syntax, access analysis, and visibility angles, to demonstrate the probability of extended family households and architectural manifestations of inequality and privacy.