Geoarchaeological themes in a dynamic coastal environment, Lincoln and Lane Counties, Oregon
Published:January 01, 2009
Loren G. Davis, Steven A. Jenevein, Michele L. Punke, Jay S. Noller, Julia A. Jones, Samuel C. Willis, 2009. "Geoarchaeological themes in a dynamic coastal environment, Lincoln and Lane Counties, Oregon", Volcanoes to Vineyards, Jim E. O’Connor, Rebecca J. Dorsey, Ian P. Madin
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Regional-scale processes of tectonism, late Quaternary marine transgression, and patterns of aeolian deposition and erosion largely control the geoarchaeological character of the Oregon coast. Dramatic changes to the landscape of the Oregon coast since the Last Glacial Maximum drove the evolution of terrestrial and marine environmental processes which in turn conditioned the location and nature of prehistoric human activities. Due to the geologic complexities of Oregon's coast, archaeological investigations must address a broad range of geological factors that worked to greatly modify the ancient coastal landscape. In many ways, the modern Oregon coastline bears little resemblance to that associated with prehistoric coastal peoples prior to 3000 years ago, requiring geoscientific perspectives to reconstruct the late Quaternary environmental context. Through the integration of geologic concepts and information, geoarchaeology offers an effective means of finding early sites in the modern coastal landscape and in the now-submerged paleocoastal landscape.
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Volcanoes to Vineyards
This volume contains guides for 33 geological field trips offered in conjunction with the October 2009 GSA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Showcasing the region’s geological diversity, the peer-reviewed papers included here span topics ranging from accreted terrains and mantle plumes to volcanoes, floods, and vineyard terroir. Locations visited throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho encompass Astoria to Zillah. More than just a series of maps, the accompanying descriptions, observations, and conclusions offer new insights to the geologic processes and history of the Pacific Northwest insights that will inspire readers to put their boots on the evidence (or perhaps sip it from a glass of Pinot!) as they develop their own understanding of this remarkable and dynamic corner of the world.