Journal article

Yo-ho, yo-ho, a seren's life for me!

Louise A Hitchcock, Aren M Maeir

World Archaeology | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2014


Historical accounts indicate pirates were able to create culturally mixed tribal entities and identities by incorporating new followers from different cultures into their social structure. This article suggests that upheavals at the end of the Bronze Age inter alia led to the formation of pirate bands of ‘Sea Peoples’ composed of non-elites, including sailors, disenfranchised warriors, mercenaries, workers, craft workers and peasants from the Mediterranean social network. We discuss how historical accounts of piracy may enable us to model the Sea Peoples’ phenomenon through the identification of patterns in pirate culture including social organization and geography and we suggest that piracy..

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