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An Archaeology of AbundanceReevaluating the Marginality of California's Islands$
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Kristina M. Gill, Mikael Fauvelle, and Jon M. Erlandson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056166

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056166.001.0001

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Marginality, Conveyance of Goods, and Trade on California’s Islands

Marginality, Conveyance of Goods, and Trade on California’s Islands

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(p.191) 7 Marginality, Conveyance of Goods, and Trade on California’s Islands
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An Archaeology of Abundance
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Mikael Fauvelle

Jennifer E. Perry

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056166.003.0007

Since the Terminal Pleistocene, the waters of the California Bight have been centers of maritime exchange, where islanders traded with mainland peoples. Explanations for the development of these exchange systems have argued that the uneven distribution of material resources between island and mainland environments led to the intensive exchange of goods. New evaluations of island resources suggest, however, that key plant foods and other potential trade goods were not as scarce on the islands as once thought. These developments necessitate a reevaluation of the role of maritime exchange in the development of social and political complexity in the California Bight. This chapter argues that social interactions and ritual obligations were important drivers of California Island exchange, with a focus on value-added and luxury goods.

Keywords:   Maritime exchange, Island resources, California Bight

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