The question of prehistoric agriculture among the western Yumans

  • Don Laylander
    Department of Transportation of the State of California
Keywords: Agriculture, Prehistoric peoples, adaptation


Agriculture fanned an important part of the subsistence system of the prehistoric: Yuman-speaking peoples who lived along or near the lower Colorado River.  Some recent scholars have argued that the Yumans of nnorthwestern Baja California and southwestern California also practiced agriculture prehistorically. A critical review of the evidence fills to fails any substantial support for that conclusion.


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Don Laylander
Archaeologist of the Department of Transportation of the State of California, Bishop, California.