One of the exciting projects going on at CfAS right now is the Global Dynamics of Inequality or GINI Project, led by Tim Kohler and Amy Bogaard, which is investigating the long-term dynamics of inequality using the archaeological record of house sizes. A group of collaborators are working together to build a global dataset that will allow time series analysis of inequality and other social, economic, and political correlates, and also examine the correlation of house-size distributions with household wealth and income in contemporary societies to assess the value of archaeological proxies for studying key social processes in the present.
To facilitate a broader conversation, Dan Lawrence and Scott Ortman have organized a session on inequality and complexity at the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) meeting in Belfast next August. Several GINI Project collaborators will present, but we would also like to hear from you! If you are conducting research on inequality using the archaeological record, please consider submitting an abstract to participate in the session. The call for papers closes on February 9, and you can submit a title and abstract here: https://eaa.klinkhamergroup.com/eaa2023/. Our session is number 184. Even if you don’t submit an abstract, we hope to see you there!