Intensive Use of Wild Chenopodium by Central California Hunter Gatherers

Author(s): Eric Wohlgemuth; Maria C. Bruno

Year: 2017


Three decades of California paleoethnobotany have shown that Chenopodium is the most common small seed found in central California archaeological sites. Chenopodium is concentrated in sedentary residential communities in lowland areas, where historical population densities rivaled or exceeded those found elsewhere in the world. The most intensive use known for Chenopodium is from wetland areas of the Sacramento and Santa Clara valleys. Despite thousands of years as the pre-eminent small-seeded plant food and good reason to suspect active wild plant management, initial recent studies reveal no evidence of Chenopodium domestication in California.

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Intensive Use of Wild Chenopodium by Central California Hunter Gatherers. Eric Wohlgemuth, Maria C. Bruno. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429813)


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 13212