By Catherine M. Cameron
In Captives: How Stolen humans replaced the World archaeologist Catherine M. Cameron offers an eye-opening comparative research of the profound impression that captives of war and raiding have had on small- scale societies via time. Cameron offers a brand new element of orientation for archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, and different students by way of illuminating the effect that captive-taking and enslavement have had on cultural switch, with very important implications for knowing the past.
Focusing totally on indigenous societies within the Americas whereas extending the comparative succeed in to incorporate Europe, Africa, and Island Southeast Asia, Cameron attracts on ethnographic, ethnohistoric, ancient, and archaeological info to envision the jobs that captives performed in small-scale societies. In such societies, captives represented a virtually common social classification consisting predominantly of girls and kids and constituting 10 to 50 percentage of the inhabitants in a given society. Cameron demonstrates how captives introduced with them new applied sciences, layout kinds, foodways, spiritual practices, and extra, all of which replaced the captor culture.
This booklet offers a framework that might allow archaeologists to appreciate the size and nature of cultural transmission by way of captives and it is going to additionally curiosity anthropologists, historians, and different students who research captive-taking and slavery. Cameron’s exploration of the atypical amnesia that surrounds thoughts of captive-taking and enslavement world wide additionally establishes a reference to unmistakable modern relevance.
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