Shellfish and Seaweed at Sand Hill Bluff: A Deeper Look at Shell-Matrix Sites of California's Central Coast

Lecture | February 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Mike Grone, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Along the Central Coast of California, changes in shoreline management practices and their subsequent effects on fisheries can be examined in the context of long-term human occupation, climatic and environmental variability, and the development of Indigenous, Spanish, Mexican, and American relationships with the environment. While extensive archaeological investigation regarding indigenous landscape management practices has been conducted in this region, little work has been done regarding shoreline management practices affecting intertidal and wetland regions, such as kelp harvesting and the exploitation and management of shellfish populations. As part of an ongoing collaborative research effort with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, data collected from multiple sites (SCR-7, SCR-15, SCR-14) along the Santa Cruz Coast over the summers of 2016 and 2017 evidences diverse shoreline management practices spanning millennia. This talk will focus on the analysis of invertebrate remains from these sites and how this data can be mobilized to broaden our understanding of ancient coastal California and revitalize traditional management practices.