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Measures of the Acculturative Response to Trade on the Central Coast of British Columbia

Philip M. Hobler
Historical Archaeology
Vol. 20, No. 2 (1986), pp. 16-26
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25615587
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

This study explores data from eight excavated sites on the Northwest Coast. All are Native settlements occupied during the historic period. The central focus is upon variation in the patterns of material cultural remains at these sites. From the perspective of the prehistorian the cultural change that occurred when Native and European cultures met was extremely rapid, too rapid to be investigated by using most of the standard techniques for archaeological dating. In 150 years a fully aboriginal material cultural inventory was replaced with one that is almost totally non-Native. This acculturative process was not random but patterned. With sufficient archaeological study the acculturative process may one day be seen as an understandable stage-by-stage process. The study proposes a quantitative approach to the seriation of historic components at eight sites. The results when measured against historical and ethnographic records suggest that the technique may constitute a valid approach.

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