For thousands of years, fisheries were crucial to
the sustenance of the First Peoples of the Pacific
Coast. Yet the effects of human settlement have left
us with a woefully incomplete understanding of their
histories before the industrial era. Covering Alaska,
British Columbia, and Puget Sound, The Archaeology
of North Pacific Fisheries illustrates how the
archaeological record reveals new information about
ancient ways of life and the histories of key species.
Individual chapters cover salmon and a number of
lesser-known species abundant in archaeological
sites, including pacific cod, herring, rockfish, eulachon,
and hake. In turn, this ecological history informs
suggestions for sustainable fishing in today’s rapidly
Madonna L. Moss is professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon. Aubrey Cannon is professor of anthropology at McMaster University in Ontario.
The goals of this volume are to examine and fill a knowledge gap in the anthropology and history of regional fisheries and their cultures along the northern Pacific coast of North America. . . . [The editors] hope that the creation of a baseline understanding of the complexities of fisheries through time, space, and cultural uses will yield the recognition that ancient data are relevant to the present and future of fisheries management--particularly the ways in which climate change may provoke fine-scale responses in the fisheries. . . .
The goals of the volume are broad but manageable. . . . [it] will be valuable to readers who are interested in the latest methods of extracting data from archaeological fishbone, who are interested in a current summary of data on precontact North Pacific fisheries and fish (also useful for fisheries management), and for those interested in the evolution of fisheries and fish in the North Pacific.
The contributions to this volume, though just a sampling of the work currently being conducted around the eastern North Pacific, highlight the depth and range of approaches that characterize the state-of-the-art in the zooarchaeological analysis of fish remains.
—Alaska Journal of Anthropology
This volume provides important insights for all archaeologists working along the north Pacific coast.