Frankish villages attracted scientific interest during the last decades but were never subjected to household-archaeological examinations. In order to conduct such examinations, an excavated site must feature spatially defined spaces such as complete houses or rooms as well as findassemblages deriving from living horizons undisturbed by post depositional activities. So far only three villages which were doubtlessly identified as Frankish villages matched these criteria (El-Kurum, Qubeibeh and Wadi Harramiye) and form the focal point of a research engaging in household archaeology.

My paper will argue that the examination and comparison of pottery assemblages deriving from different rooms and houses can shed light on the social stratification within Frankish villages and the social relations between their inhabitants as well as on the organization of daily life and patterns of dwelling. It illuminates how comparisons between results gained from the examination of pottery assemblages in Crusader villages with those gained in villages from the Early Islamic and the Mamluk period can point out in which way Frankish dwelling was distinct from local habitation before and after the Crusades. Moreover, through the addition of cities such as Acre and Yoqne’am into the research, social affiliations of Frankish villagers and their social status within the Crusader society can be revealed.