Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 8:00 pm. Los Peñasquitos Adobe; Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve (Off Black Mountain Road, beyond Canyonside Community Park).
Professor Todd Braje (SDSU) will present, “From Abalone to Seals to Foxes: Archaeology as a Tool for Managing California’s Natural Resources.”
Over the last decade, scientists have increasingly recognized the power of archaeological data to help evaluate the health and structure of extant ecosystems and contribute to a better understanding of the nature of ancient ecosystems. In a world beset with collapsing fisheries, coastal shell middens can provide a rich source of information on the ecology and evolution of ancient marine ecosystems and the long history of human-environmental interactions. Assistant SDSU professor Dr. Todd Braje will discuss archaeological research on the Channel Islands, where maritime peoples lived for at least 13,000 years, and where that research raises interesting questions about the antiquity of human impacts on coastal fisheries, shifting ecological baselines, and the supposedly “natural” states that modern fisheries and ecosystem managers seek to sustain or restore.
The program is free and will be held outdoors. Please bring your own seating. For directions or additional information, call the San Diego County Archaeological Society at (858) 538-0935, or visit www.sdcas.org.