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Slavery and its rejection among foragers on the Pacific coast of North America (or 'culture areas' as structures of resistance)

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Monday 17 February 2020, 12.00PM

Speaker(s): Professor David Wengrow


The study of culture areas or 'culture circles' has been largely dismissed in anthropology, as a relic of the discipline's infancy. In archaeology, it remains a hotly debated topic under other rubrics such as 'interaction spheres,' 'techno-complexes,' or 'communities of practice.' My paper will use ethnohistorical and some archaeological data from the Pacific Coast of North America to offer a new perspective on the issue, and in particular to address the question of what constitutes a boundary or threshold between 'culture areas.'


David Wengrow is a Professor of Comparative Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Location: Philip Rahtz Lecture Theatre K/133, King’s Manor

Admission: FREE!