Captives: Invisible Agents of Culture Change

Catherine M. Cameron, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado, and Weatherhead Resident Scholar

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 12:00–1:00 pm

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Captives taken in warfare and raiding were present in almost all ancient societies, yet archaeology has almost completely ignored them as a source of social change. Captives, however, were an almost universal social category in the past and they existed in remarkably large numbers. This presentation explores the role of captives in captor society, how they affected captor social boundaries, and their potential impact on culture change. Included is a discussion of the contributions of captives to prehistoric cultural development.

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