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Ancient Seafood Buffet Uncovered on Channel Islands
livescience.com ^ | 03-03-2011 | by Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer

Posted on 03/03/2011 3:21:34 PM PST by Red Badger

On the menu for the earliest colonizers of the Americas: seabirds, seals and sardines That's according to findings from three new archaeological digs on the Channel Islands off Southern California. The sites have yielded dozens of delicate stone tools and thousands of bone and shell fragments from meals more than 11,000 years old, researchers report in this week's issue of the journal Science.

The finds reveal more about how early Americans lived and ate, said study researcher Torben Rick, a curator of North American archaeology at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. The tools found also link the seafaring people of the Channel Islands to populations living far inland in North America including the area that is now Utah and Nevada, Rick told LiveScience"These are very refined tools," Rick said. "Similar technologies had been found in the Great Basin, the interior of North America, [but] we didn't really have any on the West Coast, especially on the Channel Islands, found in situ." ( In situ means the tools were found where they were eft thousands of years ago.) Seafaring tool-makers During the last several million years, the Channel Islands have been separated from the mainland by at least 11 to 32 miles (7 to 20 kilometers) of water. Archaeologists have long

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: California
KEYWORDS: archeology; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; indian; nativeamericans; preclovis
Pictures at link.....
1 posted on 03/03/2011 3:21:38 PM PST by Red Badger
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG ping.....


2 posted on 03/03/2011 3:22:25 PM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: Red Badger

Seagulls is tasty?


3 posted on 03/03/2011 3:25:30 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (Most of my best comments have been deleted.)
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To: Red Badger
Seafood while living on an island...Who would have thunk...

Who got paid for this study??

4 posted on 03/03/2011 3:26:14 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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No abalone?


5 posted on 03/03/2011 3:29:56 PM PST by Rio
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To: Red Badger

But, but the world is only 6,000 years old!


6 posted on 03/03/2011 3:31:39 PM PST by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: Sacajaweau

My thought exactly. This reminds me of the recent article where an ancient shoe was found and they surmised it was probably used for foot protection.


7 posted on 03/03/2011 3:32:07 PM PST by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: Red Badger
In 1959, human remains dating back 13,000 years were discovered on Santa Rosa Island, one of the five islands that now make up Channel Island National Park. Back in those days, sea levels were lower, and Santa Rosa and its neighbor, San Miguel Island, were connected by land. The increase in sea levels is a problem for exploring coastal archaeological sites, Rick said, because any beachside settlements have long been swamped.

Rising sea levels in the past... NOT caused by man-made global warming.

8 posted on 03/03/2011 3:34:30 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Red Badger

Did they eat blue dolphins?


9 posted on 03/03/2011 3:38:07 PM PST by hecht (TAKE BACK OUR NATION AND OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Tastes like fishy chicken.....


10 posted on 03/03/2011 3:39:09 PM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: Sacajaweau

“Who got paid for this study?? “

More importantly,,, who paid for this study?


11 posted on 03/03/2011 3:39:11 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: hecht

Protein is protein......


12 posted on 03/03/2011 3:40:29 PM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: Rio

No license......


13 posted on 03/03/2011 3:41:02 PM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: Rio

From the link:

The San Miguel sites yielded more than 22 pounds (10 kilograms) of shell fragments. Evidently, the island inhabitants enjoyed crab, mussels and abalone, along with escargot — the remains of black turban snails were found, along with pitted stones likely used to crack the snails’ shells


14 posted on 03/03/2011 3:43:50 PM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: Red Badger

Did they also find a Ho Jo’s sign announcing the clam & oyster bar ???


15 posted on 03/03/2011 3:49:01 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...</i><p>)
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Sardines, must be some really old cans. LOL


16 posted on 03/03/2011 3:57:08 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: Red Badger

“...The San Miguel sites yielded more than 22 pounds of shell fragments...”
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That could have been just one good weekend outing for a paleo family.


17 posted on 03/03/2011 4:00:45 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (Most of my best comments have been deleted.)
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To: Red Badger

18 posted on 03/03/2011 4:12:14 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: Repeal The 17th
I've been to fairly small parties (less than 50 guests) where seafood was served and there was much more than 22 lbs of shells in the dang heavy trash can when it was over.

/johnny

19 posted on 03/03/2011 4:20:27 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I like to burn my seashells. Turns em to powdered calcium for the garden. Best do it in an incinerator. They pop like .22’s if you just put them in a campfire.


20 posted on 03/03/2011 4:41:38 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: JRandomFreeper
ex-zactly...
You reminded me of when I lived on the Florida gulf coast...25 years ago...



There was a certain time of the year the locals called "the jubillee'. It was some kind of mating season when crabs crawled up on the beach by the thousands.

The locals would take a big pot and a pack of matches to the beach, scoop up a pot full of water, gather up some driftwood and build a fire and set the pot of water on to boil.

Then they would walk down the beach and pick up blue crabs and go back and toss them in the pot. When they turned red and floated to the top they were 'done'.

They would eat their fill, dump the pot of water on the fire to put it out, and go back home.

22 pounds of shells?
That's like 'nothing'.



21 posted on 03/03/2011 4:49:02 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (Most of my best comments have been deleted.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

What part of the Gulf Coast did you live on?.....


22 posted on 03/03/2011 5:09:48 PM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: Red Badger

Mexico Beach, Florida


23 posted on 03/03/2011 5:18:52 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (Most of my best comments have been deleted.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

I live in Ft. Walton Beach, and have for 30 years in October.
The days you describe are long gone into history.
Today, we cannot build fires on the beach.
To harvest crabs requires a license.
There are Size limits as well as quantity limits.
Certain species of crabs are protected.
No egg bearing female crabs allowed.
Fines and / or jail terms for non-compliance.

http://www.eregulations.com/Florida/fishing/saltwater/

When I was a kid this was a free country.......


24 posted on 03/03/2011 5:35:03 PM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: Red Badger

Ft. Walton is cool, been there many times.
I lived in Mexico Beach, worked in St. Joe,
and we had to go to Panama City to buy groceries!


25 posted on 03/03/2011 5:49:59 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (Most of my best comments have been deleted.)
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Thanks Red Badger.
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26 posted on 03/03/2011 6:35:13 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Seafood while living on an island...Who would have thunk...

Yeah! It's amazing! I, for one, would have never made such a link between the two.........
</sarcasm>

Aren't we all so happy that our tax money was used for this oh so important study?
Ancient people living on an island surrounded by water feasting on seafood.
Will wonders never cease?

27 posted on 03/03/2011 7:56:19 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Red Badger

These people may have killed off the Pygmy Mammoths. Oxymoron, no?


28 posted on 03/03/2011 8:56:03 PM PST by Mike Darancette (The heresy of heresies was common sense - Orwell)
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To: SunkenCiv

That article was written for fourth graders (from our time), but I bet that these days, college grads might struggle to understand it.

At least their intelligence can’t be insulted.


29 posted on 03/04/2011 2:20:18 AM PST by TheOldLady
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30 posted on 03/06/2011 7:03:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Rio
Mmmm. Abalone is good eats, but hard to find.
31 posted on 03/09/2011 2:02:36 PM PST by colorado tanker
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