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Archaeology Lecture: "By Hook, Net, Arrow, and Harpoon: A Study of Prehistoric Alutiiq Subsistence on Kodiak Island
Thursday, January 6, 2005 - 4:00pm to Thursday, January 6, 2005 - 5:15pm

The rich archaeofaunal record of Kodiak Island, Alaska, offers a means of testing the hypothesis that resource depression of high-return prey such as large sea mammals caused subsistence shifts towards more intensified use of lower-return prey and more distant sea mammal habitats. The fish and mammal remains from three major shell midden sites on Kodiak spanning 5000 years have been analyzed in terms of relative taxonomic abundance and butchery patterns to test this hypothesis. The results are presented here, giving the first diachronic account of prehistoric Alutiiq subsistence from the earliest large Ocean Bay faunal assemblage to the Kachemak-Koniag transition.

PSU, Cramer Hall RM 41 (Basement)
1721 SW Broadway

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Virginia Butler at 503-725-3303 or

Robert Kopperl completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Washington, Fall 2003. He is currently a consulting archaeologist with Northwest Archaeological Association, Inc., in Seattle. He has worked on and directed archaeological projects in Washington and costal Alaska.