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Archaeologist Looks At Death 1/6/11 12:30 PM February 3, 2011 - Social pyramid of commoners At the top, PG-755 (Meskalamdug) No sharp breaks among commoners; gradient of status differences But there is a big social gulf between royalty and everybody else Female burials: o 12 had bone beads o 44 had hair stuff, earrings, rings, and bone beads o 17 had silver pins, silver jewelry, bone beads, hair stuff, earrings, rings o 3 had headdresses, silver wreaths, axes, knives, whetstones, silver pins, silver jewelry, hair stuff, earrings, rings, bone beads Male burials: o 16 had axes, knives, whetstones o 24, 29 had jewelry, axes, knives, whetstones o 15 had brims, jewelry, axes, knives, whetstones o 3 had gold wreaths, gold helmets, ribbons, necklaces, brims, jewelry, axes, knives, whetstones Highest status commoners had head stuff A the highest status there was gender reversal (women had axes, knives, whetstones; men had necklaces, ribbons, etc.) o Example of liminality – against typical social norms - What archaeologists today would do differently (Continued) Pay more attention to how the dead dressed
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