Ritual Skull Caching and Community Integration in the Levantine Neolithic

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Yet, alternatively, if the seeds of inequality are recognized to be present in egalitarian human groupings, then the focus of this central research question must be shifted. Rather than endeavoring simply to account for inequality, the emphasis should be expanded. Attention must be placed both on those mechanisms in nonstratifed societies that have served to level extant inequalities before they come institutionalized, as well as on the internal and/or external conditions that work to negate those leveling strategies and sanctions so that existent inequalities are permitted to become more institutionalized (Feinman 1995:262)

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