Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology
Additional Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (AMS) Radiocarbon Assays on Haliotis Fishhooks From CA-ORA-378
- Author(s): Koerper, Henry C
- Prior, Christine
- Taylor, R E
- Gibson, Robert O
- et al.
AMS radiocarbon assays confirm that shell fishhook and line fishing was a feature of early Late Holocene and Intermediate Cultures period subsistence technology in coastal Orange County. Other data support a similar development of coastal line fishing in southern and central California beginning no earlier than the third millenium B.P. However, limited data from San Clemente Island suggest shell fishhooks were employed prior to that time. We suggest that AMS dating be applied to San Clemente Island fishhooks to help clarify the relationship of the island data with established fishhook sequences for Orange County and other parts of California.