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3500 years of shellfish mariculture on the Northwest Coast of North America

SFU Small SSHRC, all awarded to Dana Lepofsky. The Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria offered much logistical support ... imagery, Gavia Lertzman-Lepofsky for her assistance with Fig 8, and to John Southon at UC Irvine for radiocarbon determinations. Author Contributions Conceptualization: Nicole F. Smith, Dana Lepofsky

Between a rock and a soft place: Using optical ages to date ancient clam gardens on the Pacific Northwest

Rock-walled archaeological features are notoriously hard to date, largely because of the absence of suitable organic material for radiocarbon dating. This study demonstrates the efficacy of dating clam garden wall construction using optical dating, and uses optical ages to determine how sedimentation rates in the intertidal zone are affected by clam garden construction. Clam...

Indigenous marine resource management on the Northwest Coast of North America

There is increasing recognition among anthropologists that indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast actively managed their terrestrial and marine resources and ecosystems. Such management practices ensured the ongoing productivity of valued resources and were embedded in a complex web of socio-economic interactions. Using ethnographic and archaeological data, this paper...

Ancient Clam Gardens Increased Shellfish Production: Adaptive Strategies from the Past Can Inform Food Security Today

funded by a National Geographic Research and Exploration Grant (8636-09) to Dana Lepofsky, a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Grant (385921-2009) to Anne K. Salomon, a ... Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant (2011-0833) to Dana Lepofsky, and a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Grant (2008-32497) to Kirsten Rowell. The funders had no role in study

High Potential for Using DNA from Ancient Herring Bones to Inform Modern Fisheries Management and Conservation

Pacific herring (Clupea pallasi) are an abundant and important component of the coastal ecosystems for the west coast of North America. Current Canadian federal herring management assumes five regional herring populations in British Columbia with a high degree of exchange between units, and few distinct local populations within them. Indigenous traditional knowledge and historic...