Islanders and Mainlanders: Prehistoric Context for the Southern California Coast and Channel Islands
Edited by Jeffrey H. Altschul and Donn R. Grenda
255 pp. / 5.38 x 8.38 / 2002
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Using comparative studies of island and coastal cultures from the Pacific, the authors of Islanders and Mainlanders show how the study of southern California’s past can enlighten us about coastal adaptations worldwide. Dotted with marshes, estuaries, cliffs, and open beaches, with islands and mountains lying nearby, southern California is rich in resources. For this reason, this coastal region has been a favored place to live for nearly 12,000 years. How humans have fit into this ecological diverse and ever-changing landscape is a constant theme in the prehistory of the region. Drawing on sources from anthropology, ethnohistory, geoscience, and archaeology, the results are presented in a readable fashion that will make Islanders and Mainlanders of interest not only to a wide range of scholars, but to the general public as well.
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