Social inequality and household goods in central Iberia during the Early Middle Ages

  1. Carlos Tejerizo García
  2. Juan Pablo López García
  3. Iñaki Martín Viso 1
  4. Ginevra Panzarino
  5. Iván Aguilera Díez
  1. 1 Universidad de Salamanca

    Universidad de Salamanca

    Salamanca, España


Ruralia XIV: Household goods in the European Medieval and Early Modern Countryside
  1. Catarina Tente (ed. lit.)
  2. Claudia Theune (ed. lit.)

Publisher: Sidestone Press

ISBN: 978-94-6427-060-0 978-94-6427-061-7

Year of publication: 2023

Pages: 189-198

Type: Book chapter


We present in this paper the preliminary results of an archaeological and spatial analysisof household objects from two sites from the early medieval period in central Iberia. Ourbasic hypothesis is that the critical and detailed study of household goods may serve toilluminate social differences and inequalities within peasant societies in this period. Ourconclusion is that, even though a general impoverishment at the level of household goodsis detected, the presence of particular commodities may also serve as a social mechanismto represent status in a context of power control at the local level.