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An Eco-Archaeological Approach to Foodways and Landscape Management on the Late Holocene Central California Coast

Lecture | November 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

Rob Cuthrell, University of California, Berkeley

Archaeological Research Facility

Although landscape management practices of indigenous peoples of California have long been acknowledged based on ethnographic and historical data sources, archaeology has
yet to play a major role in understanding the development and long-term cultural and ecological implications of these practices. Since 2007, a multi-disciplinary research team has been working to implement an eco-archaeological approach to explore indigenous landscape management on the Central Coast of California. This presentation includes results of the study associated with the speaker’s dissertation research, which takes an historical ecological approach to integrating four major sources of data: historical evidence on indigenous foodways and landscape anagement practices, fire ecology of contemporary landscapes, results of silica phytolith analysis from landscape and archaeological contexts, and results of macrobotanical analysis from a Late Holocene indigenous settlement, site CA-SMA-113.

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