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Before California : an archaeologist looks at our earliest inhabitants

Author: Brian M Fagan
Publisher: Walnut Creek : Altamira Press, 2004, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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A narrative account of aboriginal California prior to the arrival of Spanish explorers. Chronicling more than 13,000 years of human adaptation to the diverse and changing landscape, this book offers an introduction to bother the prehistory of California and the history of California archaeology, from the early-twentieth-century excavation of Emeryville and Cosumnes River Valley shell mounds to the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian M Fagan
ISBN: 0759103747 9780759103740 0742527948 9780742527942
OCLC Number: 56079821
Description: xvi, 400 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: I: The archaeologist's tale --
1. A stream of time (before 11,200 B.C. to A.D. 1542) --
II: Beginnings (before 11,200 to c. 2500 B.C.) --
2. First footprints (before 11,200 B.C. to c. 9000 B.C.) --
3. The first coastal settlement (c. 11,000 to 6500 B.C.) --
4. The mainland: a world of milling stones (9500 to 2500 B.C.) --
5. The dolphin hunters (c. 6500 to 2500 B.C.) --
III: The web of interconnectedness (c. 2500 to 1500 B.C.) --
6. A changing world (c. 2500 to 1500 B.C.) --
7. The seductive glass --
8. The realm of the supernatural --
9. Art on the rocks --
IV: A crowded world (c. 1500 B.C. to A.D. 1542) --
10. The Northwest: dugouts and salmon --
11. San Francisco Bay: a landscape of mounds --
12. Central Valley and foothills: realm of the rivers --
13. The south and southeast: coast, hinterland, and desert --
14. Santa Barbara Channel: the world of the Tomol --
15. Entrada.
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