2340 Richmond Rd
Victoria, BC V8R 4R9
SPEAKER: UVic Dr. Quentin Mackie
TOPIC: Archaeology of the Salish Sea
For the past fifteen years I have worked routinely in Haida Gwaii, in collaboration with Parks Canada archaeologists. Together we have found or excavated a series of sites from near the Pleistocene-Holocene boundary (the period when modern climatic and vegetation conditions were established). This is a time of rapid environmental change – literally, it may be the Time of Transformation related in Haida oral histories
The Salish Sea has a long archaeological record dating back at least 14,000 years. For reasons that include environmental change and the poor preservation of organic material, the archaeological record is not well known until about 3,000 years ago. This talk outlines the archaeological record of Coast Salish First Nations, with an emphasis on archaeological research challenges.