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California’s Channel Islands as a Model System for Understanding the Historical Ecology of Islands

Author(s): Torben Rick ; Todd Braje ; Leslie Reeder-Myers ; Courtney Hofman ; Jon Erlandson

Year: 2016

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Islands around the world have served as important model systems for understanding a host of cultural and environmental issues. Here we synthesize our long-term research program on the historical ecology and archaeology of California’s Channel Islands. Drawing on zooarchaeological, paleoethnobotanical, genetic, stable isotope, and other datasets we document a 13,000 year sequence of human environmental interactions from coastal foragers to early historical ranchers and modern conservationists. These data underscore the value of island archaeology for helping better understand contemporary environmental issues and the conservation, management, and sustainability of island cultures and ecosystems.


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California’s Channel Islands as a Model System for Understanding the Historical Ecology of Islands. Torben Rick, Todd Braje, Leslie Reeder-Myers, Courtney Hofman, Jon Erlandson. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403150)


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

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