Household Change and Social Complexity in Mumun Pottery Period Korea, 1500-500 B.C.

Show simple item record Lee, Rachel 2017-01-26T22:22:22Z 2017-01-26T22:22:22Z 2016 2016
dc.description.abstract Household archaeology has made important contributions to the study of social transformations. This dissertation examines the role of households, themselves, in the social changes that occurred during the transition between the Early Mumun period (ca. 1500-800 B.C.) and the Middle Mumun period (ca. 800-500 B.C.) in southern Korea. During this transition, incipient social inequality developed in some villages alongside another significant change—households that were previously composed of multiple families became single family units. This co-occurrence has been assumed to be related but how they were related has not been investigated systematically for this region. Using household data from Daepyeong, one of the most densely populated Mumun villages, and the sparsely populated settlement of Pyeonggeo-dong, I document and explain the household changes that occurred through space (Pyeonggeo-dong and Daepyeong) and time (Early Mumun and Middle Mumun periods). I do so by examining archaeological remains, specifically the material correlates of social inequality, that correspond to three interrelated analytical spheres: household space, household composition, and household activity. Evidence from these spheres is used to argue that although Middle Mumun Daepyeong was a ranked village with a distinct elite population, Pyeonggeo-dong did not achieve this status. I further argue that the breakdown of multifamily households raised the potential for competition in Mumun society, ultimately helping to create a context for inequality to develop at Daepyeong.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject Mumun Period Households and the Development of Social Inequality
dc.title Household Change and Social Complexity in Mumun Pottery Period Korea, 1500-500 B.C.
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreename PHD
dc.description.thesisdegreediscipline Anthropology
dc.description.thesisdegreegrantor University of Michigan, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
dc.contributor.committeemember Marcus, Joyce
dc.contributor.committeemember Sinopoli, Carla M
dc.contributor.committeemember Nevett, Lisa C
dc.contributor.committeemember Wright, Henry T
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Anthropology and Archaeology
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Social Sciences
dc.owningcollname Dissertations and Theses (Ph.D. and Master's)
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