The Evolution of Intensive Plant Use by Complex Hunter-Gatherers: Archaeobotanical Records from California

Part of: Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2015)

Subsistence systems in California have been greatly elucidated in the past two decades through study of the continually expanding archaeobotanical record. This symposium presents recent research by scholars working in coastal, island and inland settings of California. The California archaeobotanical record offers insights into the evolution of intensive and sedentary hunter-gatherers who maximized their use of a well-endowed but highly varied environment. The breadth of papers will demonstrate the range of research issues that have been addressed using California archaeobotanical data, and what this record can offer to archaeological problems elsewhere in similar contexts.