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Excavating the Intertidal at Hup’kisakuu7a, a Summary and Artifact Analysis

Author(s): Sage Schmied

Year: 2017

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The Barkley Sound region of Vancouver Island has a rich archaeological record that is important to the Nuu-chah-nulth people. Due to changing sea levels, places that were once exposed are now underwater, meaning that the earliest possible occupations cannot be excavated. We excavated in the intertidal at Hup’kisakuu7a because of the possibility of finding evidence of human occupation between 5500-7000 cal years BP when sea levels were just a few meters below modern. From the excavations conducted we found fire-cracked rock (FCR) and possible artifacts which point to humans being present at this time. However, due to the lack of dateable samples and uncertainty of artifacts it is not something that can be confidently concluded. Further work is required to be done in the intertidal at Hup’kisakuu7a, especially because the artifacts found at Hup’kisakuu7a are so promising.

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Excavating the Intertidal at Hup’kisakuu7a, a Summary and Artifact Analysis. Sage Schmied. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432049)


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min long: -142.471; min lat: 42.033 ; max long: -47.725; max lat: 74.402 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16216

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