Encinitas Tradition

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General term, now largely obsolete, referring to a series of Archaic Stage hunter‐gatherer cultures living on the southern coast of California in the period 6000–1000 bc, broadly corresponding to the Southern Californian early period and its three phases the Ex, Ey, and Ez defined by Chester King. Many of these communities engaged in extensive use of gathered plant foods, especially seeds. While settlements contain abundant shellfish remains, evidence for the hunting of mammals and other kinds of fish is rare.

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