The archaeology of inequality | Curio

The archaeology of inequality

32 mins | Apr 24, 2022

Ancient skeletons, funerary practices, and DNA reveal layers of inequality in past societies. It’s an urgent global concern that consumes modern culture, but the full historical depth of this social issue has only just been realised. Ancient DNA biologist Carles Lalueza Fox explores how genomics indicated a deep history of inequality, going back many thousands of years. Novel DNA sequencing technologies have revealed layers of inequality in past societies, displayed by migration patterns, social structures, and even funerary practices. Here, Lalueza Fox shows that ancient skeletal DNA contains thousands of anonymous stories of inequality, bias, and suffering.

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