Scott Byram has conducted extensive research on intertidal wood stake fishing weir
sites on the Northwest Coast of North America. Byram’s research integrates indigenous
archaeology with ethnohistory. Recent articles address the effects of colonization on the
Yaquina Tribe, the massive loss of shell mounds to early coastal road construction, and
the effects of the 1700 A.D. Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami on Native
communities of the Oregon coast. His research with David Lewis on indigenous trade across
subarctic North America has opened new inquiry into long distance trade and other
interaction between Native groups east and west of the Rockies. 

Byram is currently investigating 19th century archival maps depicting shell mounds and
other archaeological sites along the coast and tidewater of California. He also works as
a consultant in cultural resource management, often in collaboration with Indian tribes
in Oregon and California. 

Northwest Ethnohistory


Ourigan: Wealth of the Northwest Coast (with David Lewis), Oregon Historical Quarterly (2001)

Oregon Archaeology


Brush Fences and Basket Traps: The Archaeology and Ethnohistory of Tidewater Weir Fishing on the Oregon Coast (2002)

Anthropologists recognize the economic importance of fishing weirs in the harvest of marine resources by...



Wetland Landscapes and Archaeological Sites in the Coquille Estuary: Middle Holocene to Recent Times (with Robert Witter), Changing Landscapes: Proceedings of the Coquille Indian Tribe Cultural Preservation Conference (2000)

California Archaeology


Index to Triangulating Archaeological Landscapes: The US Coast Survey in California, 1850-1895 (2013)

Index to ARF Contributions Volume 65.

Volume Abstract:

Archival maps and other field records from...