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From Cattle To Capital: How Agriculture Bred Ancient Inequality

Enlarge this image A farmer plows his field with an ox-pulled plow in China’s Guangxi province. Archaeologists think that domesticated farm animals increased inequality in some ancient societies. Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images The gap between rich and poor is one of the great concerns of modern times. It’s even driving archaeologists to look more closely at wealth disparities in ancient societies. “That’s what’s so fun about it,” says Timothy Kohler, at Washington State University. “It widens our perspective, and allows us to see that…

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