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2000

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Trans-Holocene Marine Mammal Exploitation On San Clemente Island, California: A Tragedy Of The Commons Revisited, Judith F. Porcasi, Terry L. Jones, L. Mark Raab Jun 2000

Trans-Holocene Marine Mammal Exploitation On San Clemente Island, California: A Tragedy Of The Commons Revisited, Judith F. Porcasi, Terry L. Jones, L. Mark Raab

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Occupied from ca. 7040 B.C. to AD. 1400, the Eel Point Site (CA-SCLI-43) on San Clemente Island, California represents one of the longest sequences of near-continuous marine resource exploitation on the west coast of North America. Faunal remains suggest transitions from heavy exploitation of fur seals and sea lions during the early Holocene, to increased hunting of cetaceans at mid-Holocene, to a focus on sea otters and fish during the late Holocene. These trends are consistent with patterns of overexploitation and economic intensification on the California and Oregon mainland, but they also suggest watercraft-based hunting earlier on the island ...