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Jess Beck is an anthropological archaeologist and bioarchaeologist who studies human skeletal remains from archaeological sties in order to learn about social inequality in prehistory. Beck uses techniques like stable isotope analysis, radiocarbon dating, and mortuary archaeology to investigate relationships between health, diet, mobility, and social inequality in the past. She examines early complex societies in Late Prehistoric Europe, particularly the Copper Age and Early Bronze Age in Spain and Romania. Her work has focused on identifying quantitative signatures of different mortuary treatments, and analyzing the rise of large-scale villages in Copper Age Iberia through a bioarchaeological lens.