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Bronze Age kinship-based social inequality

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"A fascinating new study chronicles the family histories of European Bronze Age households, revealing the presence of surprising marital practices, patterns of inheritance, and the unexpected early emergence of social inequality within these homestead farms — including the possible use of slaves or servants.

"That social inequalities existed in Bronze Age Europe is well established, as evidenced by early palace-like structures and the elaborate burials of high-status individuals, which point to the presence of an elite warrior class.

"New research published today in Science, however, focused its attention on something a bit more relatable in terms of the general population and how they lived as Europe was transitioning from Neolithic to Bronze Age lifestyles nearly 5,000 years ago."

Full rmonty at Gizmodo: https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/10/social-inequality-marriage-habits-and-other-clues-to-bronze-age-life-revealed-in-new-study/

At Phys Org: https://phys.org/news/2019-10-social-inequality-bronze-age-households.html


"Kinship-based social inequality in Bronze Age Europe"

At Science: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2019/10/09/science.aax6219

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