Human Impacts on Seals, Sea Lions, and Sea Otters

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-03-23
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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For more than ten thousand years, Native Americans from Alaska to southern California relied on aquatic animals such as seals, sea lions, and sea otters for food and raw materials. Archaeological research on the interactions between people and these marine mammals has made great advances recently and provides a unique lens for understanding the human and ecological past. Archaeological research is also emerging as a crucial source of information on contemporary environmental issues as we improve our understanding of the ancient abundance, ecology, and natural history of these species. This groundbreaking interdisciplinary volume brings together archaeologists, biologists, and other scientists to consider how archaeology can inform the conservation and management of pinnipeds and other marine mammals along the Pacific Coast.

Author Biography

Todd J. Braje, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Humboldt State University, is author of Modern Oceans, Ancient Sites: Archaeology and Marine Conservation on San Miguel Island, California. Torben C. Rick is Curator and Research Scientist in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. He is the coeditor, with Jon M. Erlandson, of Human Impacts on Ancient Marine Ecosystems: A Global Perspective (UC Press).

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. vii
People, Pinnipeds, and Sea Otters of the Northeast Pacificp. 1
A History of Paleoecological Research on Sea Otters and Pinnipeds of the Eastern Pacific Rimp. 19
The Historical Ecology of Walrus Exploitation in the North Pacificp. 41
Neoglacial Sea Ice and Life History Flexibility in Ringed and Fur Sealsp. 65
A 4500-Year Time-Series of Otariid Abundance on Sanak Island, Western Gulf of Alaskap. 93
An Analysis of Seal, Sea Lion, and Sea Otter Consumption Patterns on Sanak Island, Alaska: An 1800-Year Record on Aleut Consumer Behaviorp. 111
Toward a Historical Ecology of Pinniped and Sea Otter Hunting Traditions on the Coast of Southern British Columbiap. 129
Native American Use of Seals, Sea Lions, and Sea Otters in Estuaries of Northern Oregon and Southern Washingtonp. 167
Why were Northern fur Seals Spared in Northern California? A Cultural and Archaeological Explanationp. 197
Holocene Monterey Bay fur Seals: Distribution, Dates, and Ecological Implicationsp. 221
Toward a Prehistory of the Southern Sea Otter (Enhydra Lutris Nereis)p. 243
Resilience and Reorganization: Archaeology and Historical Ecology of California Channel Island Marine Mammalsp. 273
Perspectives from the Past: Archaeology, Historical Ecology, and Northeastern Pacific Pinnipeds and Sea Ottersp. 297
Indexp. 309
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