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Fishing as an Early Form of Maritime Adaptation on the Pacific Coast of Northeast Asia

Ruslan S. Vasil'evskii, Richard L. Bland, Anna Gokhman, William Workman and Karen Workman
Arctic Anthropology
Vol. 35, No. 1, North Pacific and Bering Sea Maritime Societies: The Archaeology of Prehistoric and Early Historic Coastal Peoples (1998), pp. 281-295
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40316470
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Abstract

This paper describes the development of early maritime adaptations in four regions of Northeast Asia during the Late Pleistocene-Early Holocene transition. These include the Primor'e, the Lower Amur River basin, the northwest coast of the Sea of Okhotsk and adjacent Kamchatka, and the Bering Strait drainage. Fishing, especially for salmon, is thought to have been the earliest type of maritime adaptation in Northeast Asia, although fish remains are often missing from ancient sites due to poor preservation. Ethnographic comparisons of fishing economies and settlement patterns are useful in reconstructing the importance of coastal and riverine fishing in the past.

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