Tule Balsa Boats and the San Francisco Bay Economy.

Author(s): Mark Hylkema

Year: 2015


Early historic accounts describe the use of tule balsa boats throughout the San Francisco Bay region. The advantages attendant to this technology, ranging from increased access to estuarine food resources and the transportation of materials and people over a large geographic area is as monumental as the many mounded sites that once surrounded the Bay Shoreline. This presentation will review descriptions of these boats and propose a possible connection between maritime travel, mounded sites and the economic opportunities that must inevitably have developed among the many Bay Shore Ohlone and Miwok polities that used them.

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Tule Balsa Boats and the San Francisco Bay Economy.. Mark Hylkema. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396109)


Boats California

Geographic Keywords
North America - California

Spatial Coverage

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