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The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries Paperback – 13 Jan 2012

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (13 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160223146X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602231467
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2 x 25.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,579,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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." --Kathlyn M. Stewart "American Antiquity "

About the Author

Madonna L. Moss is professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon. Aubrey Cannon is professor of anthropology at McMaster University in Ontario.

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Northwest fisheries before the Europeans... 8 Mar 2013
By D.S.Thurlow - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries" contains the insightful results of a 2008 academic symposium in Vancouver, British Columbia, as edited by Madonna Moss and Aubrey Cannon. The symposium and the book bring together a number of threads of inquiry into the fact of First Nation use of various Pacific Northwest fisheries for the last 10,000 years. Modern archeological techniques have allowed a more detailed examination of a number of early sites in Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington's Puget Sound. Those examinations produced data on which fish species were exploited and in what numbers. The data in turn has provided insights into how the First Nations may have organized themselves to take advantage of fish resources over long periods of time. The details may also offer lessons for the sustainable operation of present-day fisheries in the Pacific Northwest.

The book includes eighteen chapters, the first and last of which are an introduction and a summary by the editors. In between are essays on archeological methodologies, the familar exploitation of salmon, the less familiar exploitation of Pacific Cod, and the role of a number of lesser species such as herring. The book is rather sparsely illustrated with a few handfuls of charts and graphs.

This is probably not a book for the general reader. Those interested in the details of the archaeology, or in the possibilities of reconstructing First Nation culture and/or pre-industrial age fish populations can pick and choose among the chapters. The reviewer particularly enjoyed the section on Pacific Cod, which has experienced surprisingly long usage in the Northwest and which still enjoys a commercial future, unlike its better known and more heavily exploited relative, the Atlantic cod. Recommended.
The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries 31 Jan 2013
By Linda L. Peak - Published on Amazon.com
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A wealth of information regarding Pacific Northwest First Nation's fishing and gathering practices. Included are identified species harvested and tools used. Moss and Cannon gives the reader good revealing background for fisheries and wildlife biologists, archaeologists, resource managers, Native Americans and students of cultural studies. Included are large lists of references cited that opens up numerous opportunities for further study.
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