The emergence of social hierarchy out of decentralized, egalitarian societies was a critical transition in human prehistory. I study this transition and the processes by which tribal groups transform into societies with hereditary rank, tribute – the first systems of taxation – and other social inequalities.
Such transformations were common in Europe during the Bronze Age (2700 – 750 calBC), when prehistoric societies were increasingly connected through trade, travel, and migration.
Over the past several decades, Bronze Age Europe has become an important region of study for understanding the formation of complex societies. My research focuses on Bronze Age societies of the Great Hungarian Plain, a central trade axis in prehistory.