Shell Middens
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 16.744 W 124° 06.683
10T E 411314 N 4903469
This history sign is located along a trail in the Cape Perpetua Area.
Waymark Code: WMJ6P0
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 10/02/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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This sign is located along the Captain Cook Trail.

Marker Name: Shell Middens.....Trash or Treasure?

Marker Text: If you were here 1,500 years ago, you would have been standing in the dining area of an Alsea Indian summer camp. They came to harvest mussels and barnacles from the rocks, chitons and crabs from the tidepools, and clams from the beach.
The Alsea feasted on mussels and tossed the shells into a pile. A new layer was added each year to the massive trash mound, or midden, beneath your feet. For over a thousand summers, middens in this area grew, resulting in some as deep as a two-story house.
Reading the stories in middens...
Middens tell archaeologists a lot about the people who lived here -- the tools they used, who they traded with, how they hunted and fished, and most of all, what they ate. What do you think future archaeologist will learn about us from our trash dumps?

Historic Topic: Native American

Group Responsible for placement: Forest Service

Marker Type: Trail

Region: Coast

County: Lincoln

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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