Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Role of Salmon in Middle Snake River Human Economy: The Hetrick Site in Regional Contexts
by Manning, Cassandra R., M.A., Portland State University, 2011, 105; 1502144
Abstract (Summary)

On the Columbia Plateau, the origin of the Winter Village Pattern has long been a focus of research. Intensification of resources such as salmon, roots, and local aquatic resources is often cited as the cause of declining mobility. To address this question in the middle Snake River region, I have re-analyzed fish remains from the Hetrick site (10WN469; Weiser, ID), with occupations spanning the Holocene. Expectations from foraging theory and paleoclimate data are used to address whether salmon and other fish use changed over time and if such changes are correlated with the development of the Winter Village Pattern. The results of my research indicate that there is no correlation between the timing of increased salmonid use at the Hetrick site and paleoclimatic change or the earliest evidence for the Winter Village Pattern. Further, these results are very similar to patterns of fish use seen at other sites on the Snake River, particularly those from the Early and Middle Holocene.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Butler, Virginia L.
Commitee: Ames, Kenneth M., Wilson, Douglas
School: Portland State University
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology
Keywords: Human economy, Idaho, Prehistory, Salmon, Snake River, Winter village pattern, Zooarchaeology
Publication Number: 1502144
ISBN: 978-1-267-01538-9
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