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Copyright: 2008
Trim: 7 x 10
Pages: 312 pp.
Illustrations: 35 figures, 13 tables


Invisible Citizens

Captives and Their Consequences

Edited by Catherine M. Cameron

Foundations of Archaeological Inquiry

James M. Skibo, series editor

Anthropology / Archaeology

Throughout history, warfare and raiding forced captives from one society into another, forming an almost invisible stratum of many people without kin and largely outside the social systems in which they lived. Invisible Citizens explores the profound effects this mingling of societies and customs had on cultural development around the world.

The contributors to this volume explore the remarkable range in the conditions and experiences of captives, from abject drudge to quasi kinswoman and from war captive to sexual concubine. Developing methods for identifying captives in the archaeological record are established in light of the silence that surrounded captive-taking and enslavement in many parts of the world.

Invisible Citizens promises to attract attention from a number of fields concerned with the comparative, historical study of social inequality. It challenges scholars to develop robust, empirically grounded insights into the practices of slavery while attending to the forms and saliencies of its memories.

Catherine M. Cameron is an associate professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder and is coeditor of The Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. Her publications include The Abandonment of Settlements and Regions: Ethnoarchaeological and Archaeological Approaches; Hopi Dwellings: Architectural Change at Orayvi and Chaco and After in the Northern San Juan: Excavations at the Bluff Great House.


Susan M. Alt, Indiana University; Kenneth M. Ames, Portland State University; Brenda Bowser, California State University, Fullerton; James F. Brooks, School of Advanced Research; Warren DeBoer, CUNY, Queens College; William L. Duncan, University of California, Santa Cruz; Judith A. Habicht-Mauche, University of California, Santa Cruz; Laura Lee Junker, University of Illinois at Chicago; Noel Lenski, University of Colorado, Boulder; Debra L. Martin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Peter N. Peregrine, Lawrence University; Peter Robertshaw, California State University, San Bernadino; Ann B. Stahl, Binghamton University

Table of Contents:

List of Figures
List of Tables

1. Introduction: Captives in Prehistory as Agents of Social Change
2. The Slave Trade as Practice and Memory: What Are the Issues for Archaeologists?
3. African Slavery: Archaeology and Decentralized Societies
4. Captivity, Slavery, and Cultural Exchange between Rome and the Germans from the First to the Seventh Century CE
5. The Impact of Captured Women on Cultural Transmission in Contact-Period Philippine Slave-Raiding Chiefdoms
6. Slavery, Household Production, and Demography on the Southern Northwest Coast: Cables, Tacking, and Ropewalks
7. Ripped Flesh and Torn Souls: Skeletal Evidence for Captivity and Slavery from the La Plata Valley, New Mexico, AD 1100–1300
8. Captive Wives? The Role and Status of Nonlocal Women on the Protohistoric Southern High Plains
9. Unwilling Immigrants: Culture, Change, and the "Other" in Mississippian Societies
10. Social Death and Resurrection in the Western Great Lakes
11. Wrenched Bodies
12. Captives in Amazonia: Becoming Kin in a Predatory Landscape

Epilogue: Captive, Concubine, Servant, Kin: A Historian Divines Experience in Archaeological Slaveries

List of Contributors

Praise and Reviews:

"This book is an important contribution to our understanding of captives and slavery in native societies with special emphasis on how slavery might be recognized in archaeological contexts. Cameron has assembled an excellent collection of papers...Her introductory chapter is an extensive summary of previous work which is essential reading for anyone wanting to investigate the subject in greater depth."
—David M. Brugge, The Albuquerque Archaeological Society

"This is anthropology at its best. It is based on the best of scholarship, covering and synthesizing a vast literature while remolding our very framework for understanding slavery and captive-taking."
—Alf Hornborg, professor of human ecology, Lund University, Sweden

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