Skip to comments.Ancient Seafood Buffet Uncovered on Channel Islands
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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Seagulls is tasty?
Who got paid for this study??
But, but the world is only 6,000 years old!
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.
Rising sea levels in the past... NOT caused by man-made global warming.
Did they eat blue dolphins?
Tastes like fishy chicken.....
“Who got paid for this study?? “
More importantly,,, who paid for this study?
Protein is protein......
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
Did they also find a Ho Jo’s sign announcing the clam & oyster bar ???
Sardines, must be some really old cans. LOL
“...The San Miguel sites yielded more than 22 pounds of shell fragments...”
That could have been just one good weekend outing for a paleo family.
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.
What part of the Gulf Coast did you live on?.....
Mexico Beach, Florida
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.
When I was a kid this was a free country.......
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!
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Yeah! It's amazing! I, for one, would have never made such a link between the two.........
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?
These people may have killed off the Pygmy Mammoths. Oxymoron, no?
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.
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