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Paleo-ethnobotanical Remains and Plant Use along the South Central Oregon Coast
April 17 @ 7:30 pm
This presentation offers findings of paleo-ethnobotanical (PEB) research undertaken to explore the kinds of plant remains found with subsistence sites along coastal shores and estuary shorelines. Previous research of fishing weir systems, lithic technologies and faunal subsistence practices on the south central Oregon coast indicate a deep history of riverine place building and land use by the indigenous people of the area. The data indicate significant macrobotanical difference in richness and diversity between natural and cultural sediment stratigraphy, as well as showing a diversity of the types of botanicals being utilized by past peoples. Sample size test units that correlate with fish and faunal harvesting sites reveal that people were using plants that were not necessarily within arms’ reach of the riverine shoreline. They were also bringing food and flavor, creating tools, engaging in leisure time, and possibly ritual activities. In essence, the paleo-ethnobotanical remains allows us a better understanding of the past social lives of people engaged in harvesting fish and other animals along coastal and estuary shorelines.