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Paleoethnobotany at LSP-1 Rockshelter, Lake County, OR: Assessing the dietary diversity of plant foods in Holocene diet

Author(s): Geoffrey M. Smith ; Jaime Dexter Kennedy

Year: 2015

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Over the past five field seasons, collaborative research at the LSP-1 rockshelter in Oregon’s Warner Valley conducted by the University of Nevada, Reno archaeological field school and Bureau of Land Management has revealed a record of human occupation spanning the Holocene. While faunal remains are prominent in the deposits, nutritional information can also be derived from pollen and seed data at LSP-1. This paper presents the results of paleoethnobotanical analysis with respect to diet breadth and foraging of locally available plant taxa during the Early (~11,000-7,600 BP), Middle (~7,600-3,000), and Late Holocene (~3,000-contact). These data contribute to a growing body of research identifying plant resources targeted by people living in the Warner Valley. Additionally, data generated by this study also have the potential to provide insight into the nutrient intake associated with preferred plant foods and to facilitate our understanding of hunter-gatherer dietary diversity over the course of several millennia in the northern Great Basin.

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Paleoethnobotany at LSP-1 Rockshelter, Lake County, OR: Assessing the dietary diversity of plant foods in Holocene diet. Geoffrey M. Smith, Jaime Dexter Kennedy. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 394854)


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min long: -122.761; min lat: 29.917 ; max long: -109.27; max lat: 42.553 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America