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Head for the Hills: Resource Specialization in the Prehistoric Portland Basin

Author(s): Eva Hulse ; Sarah L. Dubois

Year: 2017

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In the Portland Basin north of the Columbia River, the oldest sites (5,000 years BP and older) tend to be larger than younger sites, have a more diverse array of artifacts, and lie in upland areas. Sites post-dating 5,000 years BP vary in size, tend to have specialized artifact types, and are found at a wide range of elevations. We hypothesize that the lack of older sites at lower elevations is due to changes in subsistence strategies, rather than differential preservation of older materials. We approach the question using archaeological and paleoenvironmental data collected primarily from the Camas/Washougal area in Washington, supplemented by data from other parts of the Portland Basin.

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Head for the Hills: Resource Specialization in the Prehistoric Portland Basin. Eva Hulse, Sarah L. Dubois. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429544)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 17248

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