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Holocene Settlement History of the Dundas Islands Archipelago, Northern British Columbia
BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly
  • Bryn Letham, University of British Columbia
  • Andrew Martindale, University of British Columbia
  • Duncan McLaren, Hakai Institute
  • Thomas Brown, Portland State University
  • Kenneth M. Ames, Portland State University
  • David J.W. Archer, Northwest Community College - Prince Rupert
  • Susan Marsden, Museum of Northern British Columbia
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  • Archaeology -- Holocene -- Northern British Columbia,
  • Coastal archaeology -- Northern British Columbia,
  • Coastal settlements -- Holocene -- Northern British Columbia
As this article demonstrates, the Dundas Islands have been home to humans for at least eleven thousand years. This occupation was at times very extensive; this relatively small group of islands was likely home to a population of several thousand people by about two thousand years ago. While geographically on the “outer shores” of Northern Tsimshian traditional territory, these islands were in no way marginal as locations for settlement. We outline the settlement history of the archipelago by presenting the results of the Dundas Islands Archaeological Project, including the radiocarbon dating program results combined with data from three previous small-scale surveys (Archer 2000; Haggarty 1988; Inglis 1975). We discuss different types of habitation sites and chronological trends in their occupation to argue that the Dundas Islands have been near-continuously occupied for at least the entire Holocene and that this was central, not peripheral, to the broader history of human occupation in the region.

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Letham, B., Martindale, A., McLaren, D., Brown, T., Ames, K. M., Archer, D. J. W., & Marsden, S. (2015, August 18). Holocene Settlement History of the Dundas Islands Archipelago, Northern British Columbia. BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly.