The study of prehistoric burials led the scientists to the idea that even in the Stone Age there were certain indicators of well-being and wealth. The ancient people demonstrated a gap between rich and poor, and this inequality haunted them not only during life, but also after death. One of the archaeological studies on this aspect was carried out in Poland, where the rich people of the Neolithic times were buried with the most exotic artifacts.
Initially, the archaeologists did not look for such a connection, but they found it. Examining a 6,600-year-old burial site in the city of Oslonki, they discovered this strange feature. Scientists came to the conclusion that those items that were dropped into the graves were not just ritual donations, but also direct evidence of the well-being of the deceased person.
According to anthropologist Chelsea Budd of Umeå University in Sweden, archaeologists have found some of the earliest evidence of a direct link between social status and funeral characteristics. It confirms the emergence of social and economic inequality in prehistoric communities.
The ancient burial has been formed over 200 years; it contains the remains of 20 people. These conclusions were made based on the analysis of carbon-13 isotopes. Objects that were found next to the remains were also subjected to this unique analysis. Many of them were made of copper.
The isotopes in the bones provided an idea what ancient people ate during their lifetime. For example, they often ate dairy products, it surprised the scientists, since in the area of ancient people, such food was extremely limited, and an evidence of its existence was not found in abundance.
It means that certain groups of people were privileged to have access to the finest and finest food. One of the artifacts is a copper bead made of 50 strips and 100 beads, five pendants and a diadem. They could have been delivered hundreds of kilometers from the burial place, which again confirms the special privileges of a certain layer of ancient people.