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Early Human Occupation in British Columbia
Roy Carlson   Luke Dalla Bona  

$55.00 Paperback
Release Date: 5/7/1996
ISBN: 9780774805353    

268 Pages


About the Book

This book represents the archeological evidence for the first 5,500 years of prehistory in British Columbia, from about 10,500 to 5,000 years ago. As this period is poorly known, even to specialists, Early Human Occupation in British Columbia is a vital contribution to current knowledge about an enigmatic time in a critically important area of western North America.

About the Author(s)

Roy L. Carlson (editor) is a founding member of the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University and the author of many publications on Northwest Coast archaeology.

Luke Dalla Bona (editor) is a cultural heritage research scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in Thunder Bay.

Table of Contents



1. Introduction to Early Human Occupation in British Columbia

The Fluted Point and Plano Traditions

2. The Prehistory of Charlie Lake Cave
3. The Significance of the Fauna from the Charlie Lake Cave Site
4. Paleoindian Sites in the Vicinity of Pink Mountain

The Intermontane Stemmed Point Tradition

5. Early Human Presence in Banff National Park
6. Early Post-Glacial Habitation of the Upper Columbia Region

The Pebble Tool Tradition

7. The Pasika Complex Revisited
8. Early Period Components at the Milliken Site
9. Early Namu
10. The Early Namu Archaeofauna
11. The Old Cordilleran Component at the Glenrose Cannery Site

The Microblade Tradition

12. Early Maritime Culture Complexes of the Northern Northwest Coast
13. Early Period Archaeology in Gwaii Haanas: Results of the 1993 Field Program
14. Comparative Analysis of Microblade Cores from Haida Gwaii
15. The Early Prehistoric Occupation of Kitselas Canyon
16. The Namu Obsidian Industry

Transitional Cultures

17. The Early Prehistory of the Mid Fraser-Thompson River Area
18. Coquitlam Lake: An Early Lithic Component in the Lower Mainland
19. Early Surface Collections from the Alberni Valley


20. The Later Prehistory of British Columbia



This crisply edited and well-illustrated volume belongs in the library of anyone with an interest in the archaeology of western North America, or Paleo-Indian and the Early Archaic. All of the papers are excellent descriptive summaries of their individual topics.

- K.M. Ames, Choice

The book is well put up.... the volume is a most significant contribution to a synthesis of recent work in the Western Canadian province that is so important to the prehisotry of the entire Northwest.

- North American Archaeologist

Sample Chapter

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Related Topics

BC Studies
BC Studies > Archaeology

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