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The California Channel Islands have one of the longest archaeological sequences of coastal peoples in the Americas. With some 13,000 years of known human occupation the islands present the oldest definitive evidence for seafaring and intensive use of a variety of marine foods, including seals, fishes, shellfish, and waterfowl. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Rick is currently working with Jon Erlandson (University of Oregon) and other scholars excavating several Channel Island sites that are ~12,000 years old and contain some of the earliest evidence for the lifeways and adaptations of some of the earliest coastal peoples in the Americas.

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