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A Ship Incised on Slate Found Near Bodega, Sonoma County, California


In the spring of 1977, the author conducted an archaeological reconnaissance near the town of Bodega, about four miles inland from Bodega Bay in Sonoma County, California. During the course of the reconnaissance, a small, broken piece of slate (Fig. 1), incised with the picture of a sailing ship (Sonoma State University Accession No. 77-3-241), was collected from the surface of archaeological site CA-Son-290, an ethnographic village of the Bodega Miwok. Since the occurrence of incised artifacts in northern California is rare, a brief discussion of the context of the find and a description of the artifact are in order.

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