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Before California: An Archaeologist Looks at Our Earliest Inhabitants

Before California: An Archaeologist Looks at Our Earliest Inhabitants (Paperback)

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What did California look like before Hollywood? Before the Gold Rush? Before the missions? Brian Fagan, the best known popular archaeology writer in America, is your tour guide on a fascinating trip across the Golden State before the arrival of Europeans. Fagan tells of the first groups who drifted into the state over 13,000 years ago and how their descendants used the land and sea to survive in a fragile environment subject to earthquake, drought, and flood. On your tour, you will visit the shellmounds of San Francisco Bay, salmon trappers of the northern streams, acorn gatherers of the Central Valley, Chumash villages on the Santa Barbara coast, and shamans who painted mysterious figures on stone. Fagan shows how archaeologists scientifically reconstruct this lost history from fragments of bone, shell, and stone, from travellers' and scholars' descriptions of vanished peoples, and from the stories told by the tribal members themselves. Join a famous archaeologist on this captivating journey and find out what important lessons this story has for California's future.

History & PoliticsArchaeology Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S. Publication Date: 26/05/2004 ISBN-13: 9780759103740  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Brian Fagan is the best-known popular writer on archaeology in the United States, author of two dozen books and several leading textbooks in archaeology. He is professor of anthropology at University of California, Santa Barbara.

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