THE idea of the “haves” and the “have-nots” may seem like a largely modern concept – but in reality social inequality dates back to the Stone Age, archaeologists have discovered.
By analysing 300 human skeletons from the early Neolithic era, scientists from three British universities have discovered that social inequality began more than 7,000 years ago.
It is the earliest evidence yet found of members of society having unequal access to land and possessions, and suggests that the concept of inherited wealth started with Neolithic man.
It actually sounds like a pretty neat study although it’s hard to tell how strong their conclusions are on the whole land-vs-wealth idea — it seems like they were able to tie them to specific regions with supposedly better soils, rather than more directly. The patrilocality aspect seems better grounded (so to speak, heh) and is a neat way of using strontium isotopes.
Oh, the hot cave babes part: They helpfully provide an artist’s conception of patrilocally moved Neolithic wife: