This paper will present the case for a methodological and theoretical framework for the detection of everyday activities at Neolithic sites. The specific site I will use for this is Late Neolithic Dimini, Northern Greece. This settlement has an especially well recorded and high resolution, high quality data for occupation levels, domestic structures use and alteration, and development of communal spaces. I argue that this type of research archive is sufficient in detail to enable the writing of daily life-ways narratives for the occupants of the site. Moreover, I argue the case that only through a better understanding of the working of this Late Neolithic society can we venture to better understand the changes in material production habits and changes. The everyday has been a somewhat elusive concept in archaeology, and explicably so because of the difficulty in producing high resolution data from a big number of excavated sites. I will present the case, however, of the importance in perceiving of the everyday when also regarding such matters as chronology establishment and site synchronisation.
The concept of habitus is well know in the social sciences, as is its creator Pierre Bourdieu. This talk will also offer a simple, yet not simplistic, explanation, of how the habitus/agency/fields of action theoretical framework can serve the production of comprehensive narratives for the lives of people in prehistory.