George Milner and George Chaplin receive an NSF grant to study warfare in prehistoric eastern North America
in PennState, Department of Anthropology
By BETTY L BLAIR on January 20, 2011 3:43
George Milner and George Chaplin recently received a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for a project that will produce the first comprehensive account of conflict in prehistoric eastern North America, with an emphasis on the last 1500 years of prehistory (prior to ca. AD 1500). Dramatic cultural changes occurred during that time as early food-producing communities characterized by relatively egalitarian social relations were transformed into larger agricultural societies, many of which were dominated by hereditary chiefs. The project completes a multi-year effort to assemble the archaeological (settlements surrounded by palisades) and osteological (skeletons with conflict-related trauma such as arrow injuries) necessary to understand how warfare was conducted, who was involved (casualties), and how the intensity of conflict varied over time and across prehistoric eastern North America.