Squatting in the Iron Age: an Example of Third Space in Archaeology

Reinhard Bernbeck

Veröffentlicht in: Volume 8 (2019)
Jahr: 2019
Shortlink: edition-topoi.org/articles/details/1552
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In this paper, I briefly elaborate on the differences between two notions of third space, one rooted in postcolonial theory, the other in Marxist geography. Marxist geography is concerned with the production of antagonistic spatialities. I use this idea to analyze various notions of space of and in the Iranian Iron Age polity of the Medes. The main issue is the interpretation of “squatting” habitations at the two sites of Tepe Nush-i Jan and Godin Tepe. I argue that the flimsy walls set into the massive architecture of earlier levels are a sign of tensions over conflictual spatialities.


Reinhard Bernbeck

Reinhard Bernbeck ist Professor am Institut für Vorderasiatische Archäologie der Freien Universität Berlin sowie Professor für Anthropologie an der Binghampton University. Seine Forschungsschwerpunkte bei Topoi richten sich auf die Implementierung spätneolithischer technischer Innovationen in die Gesellschaften des südlichen Turkmenistans, sowie Irans und der Türkei. Darüber hinaus interessiert er sich für die ideologischen und politischen Dimensionen von Archäologie.


Reinhard Bernbeck, "Squatting in the Iron Age: an Example of Third Space in Archaeology", in: eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies, Volume 8 (2019) (Aug 2019), 1–20
  author = {Reinhard Bernbeck},
  title = {Squatting in the Iron Age: an Example of Third Space in Archaeology},
  journaltitle = {eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies},
  journalshorttitle = {eTopoi},
  pages = {1-20},
  series = {Berlin Studies of the Ancient World},
  volume = {8},
  date = {2019},
  publisher = {Exzellenzcluster 264 Topoi},
  location = {Berlin},
  keywords = { "Iran", "Iron Age", "Marxist geography", "Median empire", "spatiality", "squatting", "Third space"},
  url = {http://edition-topoi.org/articles/details/1552},
  urldate = {2019-08-22},
  doi = {10.17171/4-8-1},