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Earthquake-induced subsidence and burial of late holocene archaeological sites, northern Oregon coast

American Antiquity

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DOI: http://www.jstor.org/stable/282017

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Abstract

Fire hearths associated with prehistoric Native American occupation lie within the youngest buried lowland soil of the estuaries along the Salmon and Nehalem rivers on the northern Oregon coast. This buried soil is the result of sudden subsidence induced by a great earthquake about 300 years ago along the Cascadia subduction zone, which extends offshore along the North Pacific Coast from Vancouver Island to northern California. The earthquake 300 years ago was the latest in a series of subsidence events along the Cascadia subduction zone over the last several thousand years. Over the long term, subsidence and burial of prehistoric settlements as a result of Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes have almost certainly been an important factor contributing to the limited time depth of the archaeological record along this section of the North Pacific Coast. Copyright ?? by the Society for American Archaeology.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Earthquake-induced subsidence and burial of late holocene archaeological sites, northern Oregon coast
Series title:
American Antiquity
DOI:
http://www.jstor.org/stable/282017
Volume
61
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1996
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
American Antiquity
First page:
772
Last page:
781
Number of Pages:
10