The archaeology of fish and fishing on the central coast of California: The case for an under-exploited resource

  title={The archaeology of fish and fishing on the central coast of California: The case for an under-exploited resource},
  author={Terry L. Jones and Kenneth W. Gobalet and Brian F. Codding},
  journal={Journal of Anthropological Archaeology},


A robust collection of mammal, bird, fish, and shellfish remains from an 8,000-year residential sequence at Morro Bay, a small, isolated estuary on the central California coast, shows a strong focus

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