Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Study Finds Ancient Clam Beaches Not So Natural

Large clam garden terrace in the Canadian Gulf Islands
shows the extent of foreshore management by Indigenous people of the region.
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April, 22, 2015. has written an informative article about an example of landscape modification by indigenous Northwest Coast peoples in creating clam gardens to boost production;
 not just gathering already established food sources.

"In its new paper published by American Antiquity, Lepofsky's team isolated novel ways to date the stone terraces that created clam beaches. They are certainly more than 1,000 years old and likely many thousands of years older. The researchers identified many places where people built gardens on bedrock—creating ideal clam habitats where there was none before. This, the researchers concluded, clearly challenges the notation that First Nations were living in wild, untended environments."

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