5.2.06

Laguna Woman - The FIRST american

anthropology


The story of the discovery of the oldest human remains in the Western Hemisphere,
discovered by Howard Wilson in Laguna Beach California

They also knew exactly where to look amongst the cliff tops and fields of coastal Laguna for places the Indians lived and worked. Indian village sites were scattered everywhere along the coast and easy to find - if you knew where to look. The patches of rich black soil filled with small bits of chipped and burned rock, mixed in with seashells by the thousands, that told them this was the living floor or "midden" of a vanished people who once populated the coast. The makers of these middens, were a semi-nomadic group of desert culture people that had come into the Southern California area around 3,000 years ago, displacing the older "Oak Grove" people, who were here before them by nearly another 3,000 years earlier. Little is known of these earlier "Oak Grove" people from that ancient time, but a great deal is known of the more recent folk.

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