Préparation et stockage des saumons sur la Fraser (Colombie britannique)


fr Anthropozoologica 21 - Pages 123-130

Published on 01 November 1995

This article is a part of the thematic issue Animal in man's space, man in the animal space. Proceedings of the 5th international meeting of HASRI, Genova, 23-25 November 1994

Salmon preparation and storage on the Fraser river (British Columbia)

The archaeological remains found at the paleo-Indian site of Keetley-Creek (British Columbia) leads us to think about the place of salmon in the diets and technical activities of certain populations. The site is situated on river terraces along the Fraser river. From August to September, thousands of salmon swim up this river. In the context of archaeology, problems associated with preservation of salmon create sortie difficulties in interpretation of recovered archaeological remains. Fishing for and preserving salmon are activities which today interest the majority of the Indian population in this territory. Two studies about fishing areas, one during the period of activity and the period of inactivity show that potential archaeological evidence should not be researched by utilization of fish remains but rather by study of specifie structures like hearths, wedgings and post holes.


Salmon, Storage, Remains, Ethno-archaeology, Technique, Canada.

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