Believing the ancients: Quantitative and qualitative dimensions of slavery and the slave trade in later prehistoric Eurasia

  title={Believing the ancients: Quantitative and qualitative dimensions of slavery and the slave trade in later prehistoric Eurasia},
  author={Timothy F. Taylor},
  journal={World Archaeology},
  pages={27 - 43}
  • T. Taylor
  • Published 1 January 2001
  • History
  • World Archaeology
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