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Paleoshorelines and Archaeology of the Discovery Islands on the West Coast of Canada

Author(s): Quentin Mackie ; Daryl Fedje ; Duncan McLaren

Year: 2015

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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 on or proximal to paleoshorelines at elevations from two metres below to ninety-five meters above the modern high tide mark.

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Paleoshorelines and Archaeology of the Discovery Islands on the West Coast of Canada. Daryl Fedje, Quentin Mackie, Duncan McLaren. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 394972)


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min long: -142.471; min lat: 42.033 ; max long: -47.725; max lat: 74.402 ;

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