Wealthy families in prehistoric Europe may have had live-in slaves

Social inequality already existed in southern Germany 4000 years ago, even within one household, a new study published in the journal Science finds. Archaeological and archaeogenetic analyses of Bronze Age cemeteries in the Lech Valley, near Augsburg, show that families of biologically related persons with higher status lived together with unrelated women who came from afar and also had a high status, according to their grave goods. In addition, a larger number of local but clearly less well-off individuals were found in the same cemeteries, which were small grave sites associated with single homesteads. The researchers conclude that social inequality was already part of households structures in that time and region. Whether the less well-off individuals were servants or slaves can only be speculated upon.

Wealthy families in prehistoric Europe may have had live-in slaves

Ancient DNA suggests that during the Bronze Age, wealthy families once lived with poorer individuals, suggesting live-in slavery could be 1300 years older than we thought

Thu 10 Oct 19 from Newscientist

Four-thousand-year-old family trees show deep roots of social inequality

Nature, Published online: 10 October 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-03046-wGenealogies gleaned from ancient human genomes are set to transform archaeology.

Thu 10 Oct 19 from Nature News

Social inequality in Bronze Age households

Social inequality already existed in southern Germany 4000 years ago, even within one household, a new study published in the journal Science finds. Archaeological and archaeogenetic analyses ...

Thu 10 Oct 19 from Phys.org

Social Inequality, Marriage Habits, and Other Clues to Bronze Age Life Revealed in New Study

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 ...

Thu 10 Oct 19 from Gizmodo

Cemeteries offer evidence of social inequality in Bronze Age households

Researchers in Germany have unearthed archaeological evidence of social inequality, including the possible usage of servants and slaves, in Bronze Age households.

Thu 10 Oct 19 from UPI

Archaeology: Social inequality in Bronze Age households

Archaeogenetic analyses provide new insights into social inequality 4,000 years ago: nuclear families lived together with foreign women and individuals from lower social classes in the same ...

Thu 10 Oct 19 from ScienceDaily

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