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People of the Middle Fraser Canyon

An Archaeological History

The Middle Fraser Canyon contains some of the most important archaeological sites in British Columbia, including the remains of ancient villages that supported hundreds, if not thousands, of people. How and why did these villages come into being? Why were they abandoned? In search of answers to these questions, Prentiss and Kuijt take readers on a voyage of discovery into the ancient history of the St’át’imc, or Upper Lillooet, a people whose struggles and successes are brought to vivid life through photographs, artistic and fictionalized reconstructions of life in the villages, and discussions of evidence from archaeological surveys and excavations.

256 pages

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 Before the Villages: Middle Period Occupation of the Plateau

3 Setting the Regional Stage

4 The Rise of the Mid-Fraser Villages

5 Making a Living: Food in the Middle Fraser Villages

6 Living Together: Social Organization in the Middle Fraser Villages

7 The Abandonment and the Aftermath

8 A Broad Perspective: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Appendix: Linguistics / Leora Bar-el

Notes on Sources



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