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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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Differences in Human Population Density between the California Islands and the Coastal Mainland

Differences in Human Population Density between the California Islands and the Coastal Mainland

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(p.226) 8 Differences in Human Population Density between the California Islands and the Coastal Mainland
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An Archaeology of Abundance
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Michael A. Glassow

John R. Johnson

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056166.003.0008

If the California Islands were marginal environments for the indigenous people who occupied them, human population densities on the islands should be significantly lower than the adjacent mainland coast. Reconstructing population densities at particular times in the past is fraught with methodological difficulties, but data from site sizes and densities, radiocarbon date distributions, and mission records give no indication that island population densities were significantly lower than along the coastal mainland. Population density measures provide little evidence of environmental marginality on the Northern Channel Islands. Human population densities on islands further south may have been lower than the northern islands, but do not appear to have been significantly different than the adjacent mainland coast.

Keywords:   California Islands, Northern Channel Islands, environmental marginality

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