University Forum: Captives and the Creation of Power


Sep. 20, 2017, 7pm to 9pm

Office/Remote Location

Catherine Cameron


Captives were remarkably common in ancient times. Societies of all levels of complexity took captives, most commonly women and children. Archaeologists largely overlook captives as social actors, yet captives almost certainly transformed many of the societies they unwillingly joined. Captives were important sources of social and economic power for their captors, even in small-scale societies. 

Using cross-cultural comparison and analogy I will explore the substantial impacts captives had on captor society. I emphasize that the presence of captives should disabuse archaeologists of ever imagining that small-scale societies were “egalitarian” and suggest ways we can investigate links between captives and power.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

College of Liberal Arts Dean's Office

External Sponsor

Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology