Shell and archaeology : an analysis of shellfish procurement and utilization on the central Oregon coast

by Barner, Debra Carol

Abstract (Summary)
The Neptune site (35LA3), a small shell midden, is located

approximately five kilometers south of Yachats on the central

Oregon coast. Test excavations were conducted at the site during

the summer of 1973 by Oregon State University under the direction

of Dr. Richard E. Ross. A shell analysis was later proposed, and

column samples were taken in the spring of 1977.

Although the information obtained from the shell analysis was

limited, when combined with faunal data from the test excavation

it indicated a spring or summer occupation during which the collection

of sea mussel was emphasized. Additional data rounds out the

picture of the site as a pre-contact temporary campsite occupied

approximately 350 years ago.

Comparisons with the shellfish data from other coastal sites

in Oregon, Washington, and California indicate that shellfish

remains can contribute to the archaeological data base and refinement

of seasonal activity models. Methods for the increased

utilization of this data are suggested.

Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Ross, Richard E.

School:Oregon State University

School Location:USA - Oregon

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:ethnoarchaeology shellfish gathering neptune site or


Date of Publication:12/11/1981

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