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The Earliest Catch: The Origins of Salmon Fishing in the Alaskan Interior

Author(s): Briana Doering

Year: 2015

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Ethnographic records indicate that salmon fishing was a primary activity for Athabaskan people living in Alaska’s interior. Evidence of fish use in antiquity is difficult to assess due to the highly degradable nature of delicate fish bones. Fishing in the archaeological record is identified by fishing tools in addition to faunal remains. This poster will discuss the antiquity of salmon fishing in Alaska's interior through a GIS-based comparison of anadromous fish streams and evidence of fishing in registered archaeological sites in Alaska's interior. This pilot project will serve as a basis for future archaeological investigations.

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The Earliest Catch: The Origins of Salmon Fishing in the Alaskan Interior. Briana Doering. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397472)


Alaska Gis Salmon

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min long: -169.717; min lat: 42.553 ; max long: -122.607; max lat: 71.301 ;

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