Health inequality in Britain since Roman times

Abstract

This pilot study is the first assessment of long-term time series trends in health inequality over thousands of years. It pushes disciplinary boundaries by bringing together experts in archaeology, economics, epidemiology and social history. 

Recent research has generated fundamental new insights into the history of income inequality by combining diverse sources of income tax data to create comparable time series trends dating back 250 years. We use bioarcheological data on human skeletal remains to create comparable times series data on inequality trends going back much further in time. 

Core research team

Funding: Wellcome Trust (Grant No. 205427/Z/16/Z) from 2020 to 2022