Social Inequality

The working group Social Inequality is a medium for meeting to discuss the questions of identification and interpretation of inequality in prehistory. We are interested in the various theories of inequality developed in archaeology and elsewhere in the human sciences, as well as in their implementation in archaeological studies. The aims of the working group are to study and discuss the multidimensional phenomenon of social inequality and promote its study among students, colleagues and beyond. We work actively to publish the results of our findings in peer reviewed publications (see Literature below).

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Arponen, V.P.J., Müller, Johannes, Hofmann, Robert, Furholt, Martin, Ribeiro, Artur, Horn, Christian, & Hinz, Martin. 2015. Using the Capability Approach to Conceptualise Inequality in Archaeology: the Case of the Late Neolithic Bosnian Site Okoliste c. 5200-4600 BCE. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. In press. (View online:

Arponen, V.P.J., Müller, Johannes, Ohlrau, René. 2016. Artefacts, Houses and Inequality. In: Arm und Reich: Zur Ressourcenverteilung in prähistorischen Gesellschaften. Tagungen des Landesmuseums für Vorgeschichte, Halle. Editor: Harald Meller et al. In press.





  • January 08, 2018

    New Publications

    Examples of settlement plans in Central and Southeast Europe.

    Recent palynological research on subsistence transformations in the costal zones of Mesolithic Norway

    October 23, 2017

    New PublicationsMüller_2017_Bild    Developments of Population Agglomerations, Social inequality and Centralized Control in Neolithic to Iron Age times