Archaelogy is sometimes perceive more as a searching for treasures. It is way easier to detach objects that can be related to elites from al found relics. But separaring articles which had their connection with poor and the lowest society group is much harder than this Findings of clothes made of worse fabrics, pieced out and repaired, could be a potential source for the pleb`s material culture. However, we also know examples of clothes meant for the elite, made of many smaller pieces of fabric sewed together for the economy. There are some findings of decorated shose, spoiledm then patched. Many objects use for the next time have been found during excavations in elite`s houses or converted from elite`s weapon. Researches of towns or on the backgrounds. The characted of those archaeological material let us being sure which ones of those buildings were inhabited and, mostly, by the poors. From the other hand, a confrontation of sociotopographic analysis with precise archaeological studies do not bring an unequivocal proof for efficacy of this method. Even if many written sources describe some areas as poor, there were a lot of expensive objects found there. It all shows difficulty or even impossibility of reliable archaological searchings for relics of medieval poverty.
International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 12)
A. Przybyłok "Can Archaeologist Find the Poor?", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 12, pp. 88-93, 2014