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Charmstones, Pendants, and other Special Objects from San Clemente Island, CA

Author(s): Kristin Hoppa ; Sherri Andrews

Year: 2016

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This poster presents information on charmstones, pendants and other specially curated objects recovered during a recent site-recording project undertaken by ASM Affiliates for the U,S. Navy on San Clemente Island, California. I report on several rare artifacts, including four pendants (two stone and two abalone), steatite effigies, a ceramic object, and several marine mammal ear bones. These finds represent rare or previously un-recorded artifact types on San Clemente Island. I discuss the significance of these findings in relation to ethnographic and archaeological evidence from other sites on the southern Channel Islands and within coastal southern California. In particular, I examine evidence for how these artifacts may have functioned as magico-religious objects.

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Charmstones, Pendants, and other Special Objects from San Clemente Island, CA. Kristin Hoppa, Sherri Andrews. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405002) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8ZP47XW


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min long: -120.674; min lat: 32.584 ; max long: -118.059; max lat: 34.307 ;

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