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9000 years of salmon fishing on the Columbia River, North America

Quaternary Research

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DOI: 10.1016/j.yqres.2004.03.002

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A large assemblage of salmon bones excavated 50 yr ago from an ???10,000-yr-old archaeological site near The Dalles, Oregon, USA, has been the primary evidence that early native people along the Columbia River subsisted on salmon. Recent debate about the human role in creating the deposit prompted excavation of additional deposits and analysis of archaeologic, geologic, and hydrologic conditions at the site. Results indicate an anthropogenic source for most of the salmonid remains, which have associated radiocarbon dates indicating that the site was occupied as long ago as 9300 cal yr B.P. The abundance of salmon bone indicates that salmon was a major food item and suggests that migratory salmonids had well-established spawning populations in some parts of the Columbia Basin by 9300-8200 yr ago. ?? 2004 University of Washington. All rights reserved.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
9000 years of salmon fishing on the Columbia River, North America
Series title:
Quaternary Research
DOI:
10.1016/j.yqres.2004.03.002
Volume
62
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2004
Language:
English
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Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Quaternary Research
First page:
1
Last page:
8
Number of Pages:
8