Peter Bogucki has occasionally addressed the topic of the emergence of inequality in archaeology, defined as differences in access to status, power, and wealth. Much of his work has involved the role of domestic livestock, particularly their use as draft animals to pull sleds, wagons, and ploughs. See Bogucki 1993 and 2011 under Selected Publications. More recently, stable isotope analyses by Chelsea Budd of a sample of skeletons we excavated at Osłonki revealed a difference in quality of diet between individuals buried with copper ornaments compared with those lacking copper, suggesting a nascent degree of social differentiation. See Budd et al. 2020 under Selected Publications.
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