Article Title

Essential Tensions: A Framework for Exploring Inequality Through Mortuary Archaeology and Bioarchaeology

Type of Work

Article

Date

5-1-2016

Journal Title

Open Archaeology

Journal ISSN

2300-6560

Journal Volume

2

Journal Issue

1

First Page

18

Last Page

41

DOI

10.1515/opar-2016-0002

Abstract

Research on the emergence of institutionalized inequality has traditionally maintained an analytical divide between lived institutions that affect daily life and performed institutions materialized in mortuary contexts. Here, we argue that convergence or divergence between lived and performed contexts reveals key aspects of past social organization. When combined, mortuary archaeology and bioarchaeology provide a methodological framework well suited to evaluate the coherence or dissonance of such institutions. Three case studies from prehistoric Europe highlight how new insights gained by studying tension between institutions, identities and experiences across social dimensions can transform our understanding of the development of institutionalized inequality.

Hamilton Areas of Study

Anthropology

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