12,000-year-old Tackle for Fishing Discovered by Jon Erlandson in Southern California

By on Mar 8, 2011 in Science, United States Comments
12,000-year-old Fishing Tackle
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A 12,000-year-old fishing tackle was found by a team from University of Oregon led by Jon Erlandson in Southern California. The discovery of the ancient fishing equipment was published in the March 4 edition of the Science Magazine.

Erlandson, professor of Anthropology and director of the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History,  and his team found the fishing tackle along with other tools, marine and aquatic remains. The professor has been doing a research on the California‘s Channel Islands for over 30 years.

The recent discovery is a proof that seafaring activities has been in existence in the area since thousands of years ago. It also showed the dependence of the coastal people in hunting marine and aquatic resources such as geese, cormorants, marine mammals and finfish.

The discovered fishing tackle was estimated to be around 12,200 to 11,200 years old.

Below is the statement provided by professor Jon Erlandson through a press release.

This is among the earliest evidence of seafaring and maritime adaptations in the Americas, and another extension of the diversity of Paleo-Indian economies.

The points we are finding are extraordinary, the workmanship amazing. They are ultra thin, serrated and have incredible barbs on them. It’s a very sophisticated chipped-stone technology.

We think the crescents were used as transverse projectile points, probably for hunting birds. Their broad stone tips, when attached to a dart shaft provided a stone age shotgun-approach to hunting birds in flight.

These are very distinctive artifacts, hundreds of which have been found on the Channel Islands over the years, but rarely in a stratified context.

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