An archaeology of abundance : reevaluating the marginality of California's islands
- edited by Kristina M. Gill, Mikael Fauvelle, and Jon M. Erlandson ; foreword by Victor D. Thompson.
- Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 
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- xvii, 307 pages ; 25 cm.
- Society and ecology in island and coastal archaeology.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Responding to stress or coping with abundance? Re-examining the marginality of the California islands for maritime hunter-gatherers / Jon M. Erlandson, Kristina M. Gill, and Mikael Fauvelle
- Historical degradation and ecological recovery: evaluating the marginality of California island ecosystems / Todd J. Braje, Jon M. Erlandson, Kristina M. Gill, Torben C. Rick, Linda Bentz, and Paul Collins
- Paleocoastal landscapes, marginality, and early human settlement of the California islands / Amy E. Gusick and Jon M. Erlandson
- Where carbohydrates were key: reassessing the marginality of terrestrial plant resources on California's islands / Kristina M. Gill, Jon M. Erlandson, Ken Niessen, Kristin Hoppa, and Dustin Merrick
- The potential use of seaweeds and marine plants by native peoples of Alta and Baja California: implications for "marginal" island ecosystems / Amira F. Ainis, Jon M. Erlandson, Kristina M. Gill, Michael H. Graham, and Ren¿ L. Vellanoweth
- Mineral resources on the islands of Alta and Baja California: evaluating the marginality of islands through space and time / Jon M. Erlandson, Kristina M. Gill, Jennifer E. Perry, Ren¿ L. Vellanoweth, and Andrew Yatsko
- Marginality, material conveyance and trade on the California islands / Mikael Fauvelle and Jennifer E. Perry
- Differences in human population density between the California islands and the coastal mainland / Michael A. Glassow and John R. Johnson
- Why translocate? Evaluating the evidence and reasons for ancient human introductions of wildlife to California's islands / Torben C. Rick, Courtney A. Hofman, and Leslie A. Reeder-Myers
- Archaeology, historical ecology, and marginality: global implications of the California islands for island settlement and sustainability / Scott M. Fitzpatrick and Jon M. Erlandson.
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- The Alta and Baja California islands changed dramatically in the centuries after Spanish colonists arrived. Native populations were decimated, and their lives were altered through forced assimilation and the cessation of burning and traditional foraging practices. Overgrazing, overfishing, and the introduction of nonnative species depleted natural resources severely. Modern scientists have assumed the islands were similarly sparse before European contact, but An Archaeology of Abundance reassesses this long-held belief, analyzing new lines of evidence showing that the California Islands were rich in resources important to human populations. Contributors examine data from Paleocoastal to historic times that suggest the islands were optimal habitats that provided food, fresh water, minerals, and fuel for the people living there. Botanical remains from these sites, together with the modern resurgence of plant communities after the removal of livestock, challenge theories formed during the historical ranching era. Geoarchaeological surveys contradict claims that the islands had few high-quality materials for making stone tools. Trade exchange routes, underwater forests of edible seaweeds, and reconstructions of population densities also support the case for abundance on the islands. Reinforcing the argument that these islands were not marginal environments in the early human history of the region, the discoveries presented in this volume hold significant implications for reassessing the ancient history of islands around the world that have undergone similar ecological transformations. A volume in the series Society and Ecology in Island and Coastal Archaeology, edited by Victor D. Thompson.
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