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Greater post-Neolithic wealth disparities in Eurasia than in North America and Mesoamerica

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How wealth is distributed among households provides insight into the fundamental characters of societies and the opportunities they afford for social mobility. However, economic inequality has been hard to study in ancient societies for which we do not have written records, which adds to the challenge of placing current wealth disparities into a long-term perspective. Although various archaeological proxies for wealth, such as burial goods or exotic or expensive-to-manufacture goods in househ...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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10.1038/nature24646

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
School of Archaeology; Archaeology Institute
Oxford college:
St Cross College
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Grant:
BNS-91-05780; SBR-9304248; SBR-9805288; BCS-0349668; CNH-0816400; SMA-1620462; BCS-0313920; BCS-0713013
Publisher:
Springer Nature Publisher's website
Journal:
Nature Journal website
Volume:
551
Pages:
619-622
Publication date:
2017-11-15
Acceptance date:
2017-10-20
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EISSN:
1476-4687
ISSN:
0028-0836
Pubs id:
pubs:801148
URN:
uri:ba633c3c-9444-488e-a587-a3a701c47062
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uuid:ba633c3c-9444-488e-a587-a3a701c47062
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pubs:801148

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