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San Miguel Island, CA
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San Miguel Island, CA

 (JPG) San Miguel Island, CA (464,049 bytes) ( 3,332 x 1,268 )
The Channel Islands off the Southern California coast reveal a record of continuous human occupation dating from about 13,000 years ago to the 19th century. The earliest inhabitants were probably ancestors of the Chumash. On San Miguel, the westernmost Channel Island, 17 of the known 660 archaeological sites are between 8,000 and 12,000 years old. Archaeological remains include shell middens containing fish hooks, nets, twine, beads, and stone flakes. The island‘«÷s inhabitants lived on a diet of mollusks, fish, birds, and mammals. To the east, on adjacent Santa Rosa Island, human remains were found dating to 13,000 years ago. In the same sequence, but 1,000 years older, were found bones of pygmy mammoths. The ASTER scene was acquired May 29, 2005, covers an area of 50 x 19 km, and is located near 34.0 degrees north latitude and 120.4 degrees west longitude.

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San Miguel Island, CA San Miguel Island, CA
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