Journal of World Prehistory

, Volume 27, Issue 3–4, pp 263–275 | Cite as

From Labour Control to Surplus Appropriation: Landscape Changes in the Neolithization of Southwestern Korea

  • Jangsuk Kim


The transformation of sociopolitical landscapes during the Mumun period (1300–100 BC) in southwest Korea is evidenced by major shifts in monumentality, mortuary activities and storage practices. This transformation is argued to represent one of the final stages in an extended process of Korean Neolithization that began much earlier with the adoption of pottery by hunter-gatherers and later saw the adoption and intensification of agriculture, triggering the rise of new forms of power and ideology. Importantly, elite groups employed a range of strategies to mask and then legitimate growing social inequality, generating major changes in human–landscape relations.


Southwestern Korea Mumun period Dolmens Stone cists Egalitarian ideology Status distinction Labour Surplus 



This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2013S1A5B6043901).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Archaeology and Art HistorySeoul National UniversitySeoulKorea

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