Coastal Archaeology (Other Keyword)

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Archaeological Monitoring Report for Pump Station 20-Force Main San Diego County, California (1994)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Richard Shultz. Rebecca McCorkle Apple. James Cleland.

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Assessing Island Habitability and Land Use on Polynesia’s Smallest Islands (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Melinda Allen. Alex E. Morrison. Andrew M. Lorrey. Geraldine Jacobsen.

In a series of papers Bill Dickinson has outlined the timing of late Holocene sea level fall across the Pacific and its effects on island habitability and human settlement. He proposed that island settlement, particularly in East Polynesia, was constrained, or in some cases impossible, during the mid-Holocene sea level highstand, when low-lying islands (e.g., atolls) were awash and shallow near-shore environments restricted. Stable islets of modern configuration only developed after declining...

California’s Channel Islands as a Model System for Understanding the Historical Ecology of Islands (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Torben Rick. Todd Braje. Leslie Reeder-Myers. Courtney Hofman. Jon Erlandson.

Islands around the world have served as important model systems for understanding a host of cultural and environmental issues. Here we synthesize our long-term research program on the historical ecology and archaeology of California’s Channel Islands. Drawing on zooarchaeological, paleoethnobotanical, genetic, stable isotope, and other datasets we document a 13,000 year sequence of human environmental interactions from coastal foragers to early historical ranchers and modern conservationists....

Changing Tides: Tribal Engagement in Oregon's Coastal Archaeology  (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Kassandra Rippee. Stacy Scott.

This is an abstract from the "Sins of Our Ancestors (and of Ourselves): Confronting Archaeological Legacies" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Archaeology on Oregon’s Coast has been largely limited in scope and lacks a holistic viewpoint of coastal history. Archaeological investigations began in earnest around 1930 with avocational archaeologists like Marcus Seale interested in expanding their "trophy item" collections. The heavily male dominated...

Cultural Responses to Climate Changes in Preceramic Coastal Peru (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Paul Pluta.

Research at the archaeological site of Yara in southern coastal Peru has revealed at least three separate levels of human occupation in sequence with several large debris flow deposits. In this extremely arid environment these debris flows represent strong El Niño events that were potentially catastrophic to the inhabitants of the region. Evidence for the repeated occupation of the landscape in the face of these episodic hardships provides a window into human responses to the changing...

Environmental Processes and the Archaeological Record along the Louisiana Coast (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Brian Ostahowski.

The environmental processes of erosion and subsidence are key post-depositional factors affecting the formation of the archaeological record along coastal Louisiana. These factors contribute to terrestrial archaeological site loss and present researchers with a unique set of challenges for understanding past human behavior at both local and regional scales. From 2010 to 2014, HDR visited a total of 212 sites across 5,293 km during a survey of the Louisiana coast. This paper provides new insights...

Exploring the Coastal Mosaic of Northern Quintana Roo: The Proyecto Costa Escondida and Scott L. Fedick’s Continuing Legacy in the Northern Maya Lowlands (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Jeffrey Glover. Dominique Rissolo.

Glover and Rissolo owe a great deal to Scott Fedick for his mentorship through our graduate school years and for his friendship and council as we embarked on our own multidisciplinary project, the Proyecto Costa Escondida. This paper highlights the contributions Scott has made to interdisciplinary research in the Maya area. In so doing, we discuss how our project on the north coast of Quintana Roo builds on this intellectual heritage. We, like Scott, are investigating the dynamic interplay...

Fish Through Time at KIS-050, Kiska Island, Western Aleutians (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Nikkita Maybach-Blicharski. Caroline Funk. Debbie Corbett. Brian Hoffman.

Test excavations at KIS-050 during the Rat Islands Research Project Summer 2014 season resulted in abundant faunal assemblages, including a well-preserved fish assemblage. The goals for this research project include the development of a history of human and environment interactions between humans and the land- and seascapes, and the contribution of regional data to broader scale environmental impact studies. Sites occupied over the long term, such as KIS-050, are invaluable to better understand...

The Fisherfolk of the Two Late Archaic Shell Rings on St. Catherines Island: Similarities and Differences in Contemporaneous Coastal Economies (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Carol Colaninno.

Late Archaic (2250-1800 cal B.C.) shell rings, found along the Atlantic coast of the southeastern United States, are large, ring-like structures composed of shell. Sometimes shell rings are complexes with two or more rings in close proximity, while others are singular rings. Rarely are two rings found on an island system without the rings forming a complex. Two shell rings on St. Catherines Island, GA, have been documented and excavated on opposite sides of the island and do not form a complex....

Following in Giddings' Footsteps - Tree-ring signal, dendro-provenance, travel time and climate sensitivity of Alaska river driftwood, a key to tree-ring dating of archaeological wood in coastal Alaska (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Claire Alix. Glenn P. Juday. Jess Ryan.

Giddings’ pioneering dendrochronology research in Alaska and his extensive and impressive sample collections were left mostly untouched since the 1960’s. For the last 10+ years, we have undertaken an effort to re-establish a library of dendrochronologies from live trees along the main driftwood-producing rivers in Alaska to re-initiate archaeological tree-ring research in Arctic coastal regions. We are now examining Giddings’ original samples, most of which were never measured. We believe these...

High Perspectives, Vertical Context, Drastic Change: A Case Study involving the Application of UAV/Drone Technologies for Documenting Historic Coastal Archaeological Sites Adversely Affected by the Impacts of Climate Change in Three Opposing Regions of the World. (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Phillip T. Ashlock II.

The recent advancement of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and affordability of Drone Technology has brought about the capacity for archaeologists to employ these new technologies as an effective means of documenting archaeological resources including historic sites specifically threatened with the immediate impacts of rising sea levels and climate change in coastal regions. This paper will provide an overview of new methodologies developed for Unmanned Aerial Archaeological Systems (UAARS) and...

Historical Ecology and Management of Marine Estuaries: Paleoethnobotanical and fine grained constituent results from the Manila Site (CA-HUM-321), Humboldt Bay, Northwestern California (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Tiffany Fulkerson. Shannon Tushingham.

The Manila site (CA-HUM-321) is a stratified prehistoric midden site with a long history of use by the Wiyot people. This study, the first of its kind from Humboldt Bay, reveals the results of constituent analyses of excavated materials. Fine-grained analysis of dietary residues from Manila reveals the earliest documented (1,309 cal BP) evidence of mass harvested foods, smelt fishing, and intensive shellfish procurement on the North Coast of California. Paleoethnobotanical analysis of seeds and...

New approaches to the underwater archaeology of Hecate Strait, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Quentin Mackie. Colton Vogelaar. Daryl Fedje.

Archaeological investigation of the possible coastal route into the Americas has always been hindered by sea level changes, including the drowning of much of the Pleistocene coastal plain. While it is now understood that significant portions of the coastal plain were never drowned, it is also clear that some of the underwater terrestrial landscape is intact and has archaeological potential. New approaches to the survey and modelling of paleocoastlines may increase optimism of finding underwater...

Paleoshorelines and Archaeology of the Discovery Islands on the West Coast of Canada (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Daryl Fedje. Quentin Mackie. Duncan McLaren.

The sea level history of the Discovery Island archipelago on the Canadian West Coast shows that early post-glacial paleoshorelines are stranded up to 165 m above modern. Under the auspices of the Tula Foundation we are using this history and landscape modeling to guide investigation into the early human history of the area. Survey has focussed on landforms such as raised marine terraces, tombolos and wave cut notches (potential rockshelters). In 2014 we located and tested archaeological sites...

Pleistocene maritime economies of northwest Australia (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Peter Veth.

This paper will critically assess new evidence for the antiquity of maritime economies from North West Australia. Northwest Australia has evidence for hunter-gatherer occupation from 50,000 years ago from sites now located in the interior. The evidence for antiquity of coastal resource use extends back to over 41,000 cal BP, however this is soon expected to approach the earliest dates from these interior sites. Recent research on continental islands of the Northwest Shelf illustrates rich...

The Price of Death: Materiality and Economy of 19th and 20th Century Funeral Wakes on the Periphery of Western Ireland. (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Sara Morrow. Ian Kuijt.

What is the price of death?  Funeral wakes, at the intersection of religion, community, and material consumption, are one way to consider the connotation of marginal communities as representing national and local traditions and historic identity. The coastal islands of rural western Ireland have historically been presented as culturally isolated, economically disadvantaged, and geographically inaccessible. In the Western region, religious and local traditions surrounding death have been...

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Sapelo Island: Archaeological Indications of Community Structures at the Kenan Field Site (1980)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Morgan R. Crook, Jr..

Aboriginal community structures are documented along the Atlan­ tic coast of southeastern North America in 16th and 17th century narra­ tives (e.g. Garcia 1902; Andrews and Andrews 1945). Community life and its organization for the Guale of the Georgia coast included periodic as­ semblies in council houses which were circular in shape and usually quite large. Individual apartments or cabins were elevated above the floor, lining the walls along the interior of these buildings, and in...

Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk: prioritizing action and connecting research and citizen science at sites threatened by the sea (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Tom Dawson.

In Scotland, there is a long tradition of archaeologists working at sites threatened by coastal erosion. Government Agency, Historic Scotland, has sponsored a series of coastal surveys in order to locate sites; and the SCAPE Trust has worked with national and local heritage bodies to prioritize action and produce an interactive ‘Sites at Risk’ map from the data. The map includes sites of all periods and site types, many of which contain a wealth of palaeoenvironmental data. The coast is a highly...

Sea Change: Maritime Maya Lifeways, Social Organization and Dynamics at the Port of Isla Cerritos, Yucatán (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Dylan Clark.

Mesoamerican archaeology typically approaches social, cultural, political, and economic dynamics from a center-periphery perspective, tracing the historical pulses of integration and disintegration through the lens of the urban centers of the social and cosmological landscape. While the coastal Maya may seem peripheral geographically, maritime communities were actually central integrative forces throughout their dynamic histories. They facilitated and motivated movements and interactions of...

Shifting the paradigm of coastal archaeology in Latin America (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Andre Carlo Colonese. Cecile Brugere. Rafael Brandi. Arkley Bandeira. Alpina Begossi.

How might knowledge of past fisheries contribute to the future sustainability of modern coastal societies? Small-scale coastal fisheries provide a crucial source of food and livelihood to millions of people living in South America. Such coastal economies are founded on long-established knowledge that is deeply rooted in the past. Whilst marine conservation, dwindling fish stocks and environmental sustainability have driven the research agenda in recent years, government and international...

Springs, stone, and shell: recent excavation at the Econfina Channel Site, a submerged Archaic site, Apalachee Bay, Florida, U.S.A. (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Jessica Cook. Nathan Hale.

We present here the results from recent surveys and excavations at the Econfina Channel Site in Apalachee Bay, Florida, U.S.A., a submerged prehistoric site with a terminus post quem of approximately 5000 B.P. This site was initially identified and excavated in the 1980s in the course of a larger survey for submerged prehistoric sites in Apalachee Bay by Faught, et al. Our relocation and new excavations at the site have confirmed the presence of chert outcrops, a shell midden deposit, and a seep...

Subsistence, Landscape, and Identity as Explored through Archaeofaunal Remains from Northwestern Florida (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Carol Colaninno. Carla Hadden. Maran Little.

This paper explores relationships among subsistence, landscape, and identity on the northern Gulf Coast of Florida. Zooarchaeological assemblages from three Woodland-period shell midden sites (8BY1347, 8BY1355, 8BY1359), all located on a small (150 km2) peninsula in Bay County, Florida, differ in molluscan species composition reflecting proximity to varied marine and estuarine habitats. Coastal dwellers had flexible subsistence regimens, targeting local habitats rather than specific resources....

To Let Sink or Swim: Evaluating Coastal Archaeological Resource Stability Through a System of Indices (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Jennifer E. Jones. Mary E. Allen. David K. Loomis.

Archaeological resources in the coastal zone are subjected to a variety of cultural, social, and environmental conditions that affect the resources’ stability, which can be defined in physical (e.g. structure, geophysical environment), socio-cultural (e.g. looting, vandalism), and regulatory (e.g. federal, state, and local mandates) terms. To effectively manage resources within this dynamic environment requires a holistic understanding of what drives stability (or instability) at each site. The...

The Transect Survey at 30-something (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Elizabeth Reitz.

In 1977, an American Museum of Natural History team lead by David Hurst Thomas began an ambitious survey of St. Catherines Island, Georgia. The intent was to systematically survey 10% of the island following a series of transect lines using a research design from plant ecology. The survey collected hundreds of small vertebrate samples, none of which met zooarchaeological standards for adequate sample sizes and analysis. These hundreds of small samples, however, proved invaluable because they...