Archaeology of the North Pacific

Herbert D. G. Maschner

in The Oxford Handbook of North American Archaeology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195380118
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Archaeology of the North Pacific

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Although the archaeological record of the north Pacific shows many macroregional trends as a product of broad degrees of interaction and the common ethnogenesis of these peoples, there is considerable spatial heterogeneity, primarily because of substantial variations in marine productivity and the effects of climate on marine resources. This marine productivity led to some of the highest forager population densities ever recorded by anthropologists, and many will be surprised to find that the archaeological record of the region shows a level of hunter-gatherer complexity that rivals the Northwest Coast. This article outlines an ancient history of the north Pacific in the context of changing climate regimes, changing sociopolitical dynamics, and regional interactions.

Keywords: north Pacific; ancient history; changing climate; sociopolitical dynamics; regional interactions; archaeological record

Article.  4552 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of North America

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