Science Sundays

Fascinating Fish Bones:
Archaeology for the Future of Fishers and Fisheries

Sunday, August 15, 2021, 1:30 – 2:30 PM PDT

Online Webinar

Eréndira M. Quintana Morales, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department, UC Santa Cruz

At coastal archaeological sites, thousands of fish bones represent the discarded remains of past meals. Fish bones provide important clues about how people of the past lived and how their daily activities shaped the identity of coastal residents, their relationships, and their interaction with the surrounding environment. Plus, an understanding of the long history of fishing can help us conserve coastal fisheries for future fishers.

Join Eréndira to discover the fascinating world of fish bones and learn about her collaborative research on the archaeology of fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean.

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  • I Spy from the Sky: Drones Give a New Perspective for Marine Mammal Science (February 16, 2020)
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August 15, 2021, 1:30 PM
Join us–online! “Fascinating Fish Bones: Archaeology for the Future of Fishers and Fisheries.” Preregister.

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