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Human Impacts on Seals, Sea Lions, and Sea Otters: Integrating Archaeology and Ecology in the Northeast Pacific

Todd Braje


For more than 10,000 years, Native Americans from Alaska to southern California relied on aquatic animals such as seals, sea lions, and sea otters for food and raw materials. Archaeological research on the interactions between people and these marine mammals has made great advances recently and provides a unique lens for understanding the human and ecological past. Archaeological research is also emerging as a crucial source of information on contemporary environmental issues as we improve our understanding of the ancient abundance, ecology, and natural history of these species. This interdisc ... More

Keywords: pinnipeds, marine mammals, seals, sea lions, sea otters, Pacific Coast, Native Americans, archaeology, conservation, natural history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520267268
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267268.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd Braje, editor

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Front Matter

1 People, Pinnipeds, and Sea Otters of the Northeast Pacific

Torben C. Rick, Todd J. Braje, and Robert L. DeLong

5 A 4500–Year Time-Series of Otariid Abundance on Sanak Island, Western Gulf of Alaska

Matthew W. Betts, Herbert D.C. Maschner, and Veronica Lech

6 An Analysis of Seal, Sea Lion, and Sea Otter Consumption Patterns on Sanak Island, Alaska

Veronica Lech, Matthew W. Betts, and Herbert D. C. Maschner

10 Holocene Monterey Bay Fur Seals

Diane Gifford-Gonzalez

11 Toward a Prehistory of the Southern Sea Otter (Enhydro lutris nereis)

Terry L. Jones, Brendan J. Culleton, Shawn Larson, Sarah Mellinger, and Judith F. Porcasi

12 Resilience and Reorganization

Todd J. Braje, Torben C. Rick, Robert L. DeLong, and Jon M. Erlandson

13 Perspectives from the Past

Todd J. Braje, and Torben C. Rick

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