Food, Craft Production, and Social Inequality

Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Anne P. Underhill
Part of the Fundamental Issues in Archaeology book series (FIAR)


The social stage for this study, as discussed in the previous chapter, begins with a scene of agricultural villages scattered across the landscape of northern China, c. 4000B.C.Yangshao settlements are situated in the central Yellow River valley, while Dawenkou settlements are concentrated in western Shandong. There are minimal differences among households with respect to social ranking on the basis of wealth and status. There are craft specialists in many villages, providing families with ceramic vessels for daily use as needed. Social identity is formed on the basis of both the household and the descent group.


Social Inequality Food Surplus Conspicuous Consumption Gift Exchange Food Container 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne P. Underhill
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  1. 1.The Field MuseumChicagoUSA

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