chapter  4
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A high quality of life

The houses of the rich and famous at Cuexcomate-the nobles in Group 6diered from their commoner subjects, what about the artifacts? I read study after study about household possessions and wealth levels by historians and anthropologists. They all came to the same conclusion: household goods dier greatly between rich and poor. While this might not sound very surprising, we can’t always assume that conditions in other societies match those of our own society. Just how do artifacts vary with wealth? Among reindeer hunters in arctic Finland, everybody has a snowmobile, but only the wealthiest families have a television. In Mexico City,

household wealth can be predicted just by examining the furniture. And in the New England colonies before the Revolution, you could tell the better-o families simply by looking at their tea set.