This research project aims to investigate social distance, understood as social asymetry and sexual difference among the prehistoric communities that inhabited the Balearic Islands, specially in Mallorca and Menorca, between c. 2000-200 BC. This approach will be developed from an archeological perspective in wich data coming from direct fieldwork and from museum collections will be taken into account. The research will focus on three basic axes. First, the establishment of a chronological and socio-cultural sequence (periodisation) of the societies being studied, as a necessary framework previous to undertaking any kind of research on past societies. Second, the analysis of settlement patterns from a spatial perspective will provide information about different types of social practices: socio-patternal/affinal, socio-economic and socio-politic practices. This analysis will ve carried out by means of focusing on the spatial relations among the archeological materials found in each site and, also, among the sites themselves at a territorial scale. Finally, the third objective is oriented to explain the variability of social distance relations through the study of funerary contexts, paying special attention on the antropological remains (human skeletons). These remains are specially relevant to research on social distance, because they provide the only objective criteria that allows the identification of the sexual variable (man or woman) and, also, crucial data on the demographic structure and the health status of a population.
|Effective start/end date||9/12/96 → 9/12/99|