Fanya Becks Humanities and Social Science
An Archaeological Analysis of Craft Production in the San Francisco Bay Area Shellmounds
My summer research involves analyzing old archaeological collections to study the meaning of a specific type of site unique to the San Francisco Bay Area and Delta regions, shellmounds, for evidence of craft production. I will be looking through lots of shell material and soil samples for evidence of stone tool and shell bead production, in the form of stone manufacturing debris and possibly drilled or shaped shell. Evidence of production in these sites can help establish the types of uses and meanings that shellmounds had in Californias prehistory as well as add information about the everyday activities of the Coast Miwok and Ohlone peoples in the Bay Region.