American Indian Artifacts Found in North Bay Fire Debris - and Quickly Reburied

4/26/2018 - Professor of Anthropology Jelmer Eerkens at SFGate.

Millions of tons of debris have been cleared in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties following the devastation of October’s wildfires, mostly the scorched remnants of lost homes, cars, toys and other possessions. But also found among the wreckage have been several long-buried American Indian artifacts, including charm stones and an obsidian arrowhead.

Jelmer Eerkens, a professor of archaeology at UC Davis, said that California was one of the most populous areas in the world prior to contact with European settlers, and there are artifacts all over Sonoma County.

“California had one of the highest population densities in the world of Native Americans pre-contact,” Eerkens said.

He said that in recent years, the archaeological community has tried to do a better job at respecting tribes’ wishes.

Read the full story at SFGate.

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