Denver Chapter Meetings
The membership and officers of the Denver Chapter of CAS meet the 2nd Monday of every month.
- The meetings most often take place in Ricketson Auditorium, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO at 7:00 p.m.
- Enter the Auditorium using the Security Entrance (north side). The auditorium opens at 6:30 p.m. for evening lectures and events.
All are welcome!
Monday, May 8, 2017
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Catherine M. Cameron: University of Colorado
Captives: Stolen People in the Ancient World
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.
Catherine M. Cameron received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1991 and joined Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado in 1996. Cameron works in the northern part of the American Southwest focusing especially on the Chaco and post-Chaco eras (A.D. 900-1300). Her research interests include prehistoric demography, the evolution of complex societies, and processes of cultural transmission. She has worked in southeastern Utah at the Bluff Great House, a Chacoan site and in nearby Comb Wash. She also studies captives in prehistory, especially their role in cultural transmission. Recent publications on the Bluff/Comb Wash research include Chaco and After in the Northern San Juan (University of Arizona Press, 2009). She has also published Captives: How Stolen People Changed the World (University of Nebraska Press 2016) summarizing the captives research. Cameron has been co-editor of the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory since 2000.
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