A Prehistoric Fishing Kit from San Clemente Island, California

The striking development in the 9,500 year adaptation of the maritime culture to San Clemente Island is the increasing-importance of kelp bed fishing. This evolution can be traced through faunal and artifact records. The artifact assemblage has been clarified by the discovery of a sea-grass bag containing a complete fisherman's kit. This "tackle box" was examined by tomography to define artifact provenience prior to dissection. The resulting data fill an important void in California Island archaeology.