Fish, Fishing, and Fish Bones on the central California Coast

Author(s): Terry Jones; Ken Gobalet

Year: 2015


In much of Native western North America fish and the aquatic technologies used to exploit them were associated with intensive hunter-gatherer economies and heightened levels of socio-political complexity. Central California, however, is more commonly associated with exploitation of acorns, a resource that also encouraged dense, sedentary, storage-dependent populations The relative significance of fish to these less populous foraging groups has only recently become a focus of systematic study. Here we review salient diachronic patterns from over 200,000 fish bones from 99 sites investigated over the last 40 years with an eye toward variation related to technological change and/or economic intensification.

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Fish, Fishing, and Fish Bones on the central California Coast. Terry Jones, Ken Gobalet. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395777)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -125.464; min lat: 32.101 ; max long: -114.214; max lat: 42.033 ;