The Native California Commons: Ethnographic and Archaeological Perspectives on Land Control, Resource Use, and Management

  title={The Native California Commons: Ethnographic and Archaeological Perspectives on Land Control, Resource Use, and Management},
  author={Terry L. Jones and Brian F. Codding},
  journal={Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation},
  • T. JonesB. Codding
  • Published 2019
  • Environmental Science
  • Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation
For nearly 50 years, a subset of California archaeology has been concerned with the possible effects of prehistoric hunting on indigenous fauna. This interest began in earnest in the late 1960s when Paul S. Martin proposed the Pleistocene overkill hypothesis in which he argued that the entire North American continent ca. 13,000 years ago was essentially the scene of a massive tragedy of the commons in which 36 genera of mostly large animals were rendered extinct by newly arriving hunters. The… 



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