Randy Groza's scientific contributions

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... In his discussion of shellmounds in the San Francisco Bay area, Gifford (1916) stated "It may be taken as axiomatic that the species in a [shell] mound reflect the molluscan fauna of the vicinity, and hence the environment during the period of growth of the mound." Based on the mollusks present at the Dominican University archaeological site (CA-MRN-254), we find this to be an exaggeration and show that the local Federated Coast Miwok people, a hunter-gatherer population (Milliken et al., 2007) characterized by a semi-sedentary mobility adaptation (Cook, 1976), traveled or traded to get much of their desired food items. ...
... Population reconstructions using Spanish mission baptismal recruitment records reveal that at contact, more than 15,000 Native Americans from five distinct language groups were residing in sedentary villages within 45 territorial communities (land-controlling autonomous polities) within 20 km of the bay (9)(10)(11). Extensive investigation of the region's dense archaeology has produced a trans-Holocene record, revealing that intensive sedentary or semisedentary habitation extends back >5,000 y (11)(12)(13)(14). ...