The complete reference is:
Dall, W. H. (1877). "On succession in the shell-heaps of the
Aleutians Islands." Pitt Rivers Museum Occasional Paper on
Technology I: 41-91.
At 11:06 26/07/2005, [log in to unmask] wrote:
There was a remarkable study of sea urchins in about 1877 by Dall.
Unfortunately I do not have the reference, but it is quoted in Waselkov
The latter was published in "Advances in archaeological method and
I hope this helps.
Dr. Daniella Bar-Yosef
Zinman Institute of Archaeology
University of Haifa
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ˆø—p’† Greg Campbell <[log in to unmask]>:
> Dear Dr Wigen: I personally am interested in any references
with a method of
> recovery included elsewhere in the same report, from anywhere in the
> I have a vague memeory of fragmentary urchins from a Phoenecian
> Spain (Cadiz, perhaps?) which I would like help in tracking
down. There are
> also some whispers of urchins in Jomon mounds, so help from
> working in or around Japanese material would also be great.
> Species/wieghts reports are fine for now, and likely to be all there
> most cases. Since urchin tests are not solid but made up of
> fragment into pieces typically less than 6mm (1/4 inch). Since
> been little chance of identifying such fragments reliably, or using
> reconstruct urchin sizes, until now, weight and species data would
> that could be in the literature. Species i.d. may be
questionable, since it
> may be based on direct analogy with modern species in the vicinity,
and it is
> often impossible to get to species within a genus; genera and
> genera have different sea temperature tolerances, so the ranges of
> will not be the same through a given interglacial stage. This
is the case in
> the North Atlantic.
> I am especially interested in the Pacific northwest; there is a
> different dominant urchins as one proceeds southwards from Alaska to
> waters, but these overlap in southern BC and Washington state and
> species in a single genus, Stronglyocentrotus. My 'next big
thing' is to
> refine my method to get to species within this genus, so fine-sieved
> from along this coast (and help from a friendly local marine
> be hugely helpful.
> The eminent professor of sea urchinology would probably prefer a
> summary text, and similar ethnography. But for me, any info
> gratefully received.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Rebecca Wigen
> To: Greg Campbell ; [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Monday, July 25, 2005 4:27 PM
> Subject: Re: [ZOOARCH] sea urchin references
> Hi Greg
> Are you interested in NW coast
information? There is ethnographic info
> as well as some archaeological information. The archaeological
> is pretty much just weight and species data.
> Becky Wigen
> Senior Lab Instructor,
> Dept. of Anthropology,
> University of Victoria
> Victoria, BC Canada
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Greg Campbell
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Monday, July 25, 2005 7:40 AM
> Subject: [ZOOARCH] sea urchin
> Dear Zooarchers: A couple of years ago
I posted a request for some info
> on sea urchin remains in archaeology, having been landed with a
sackful by an
> Oxford professor from his Breton site who expected me to know all
> because they were shells... Many of you were kind enough to offer
> and lines of inquiry. The problem of minimum numbers of
> range collected, species identification, and point on the shore
> were all solved even though the tests were all very
> coming out soon. Must sieve to at least 2mm to get results
that will allow
> size reconstruction and hence shore position!
> Now one of the great men of sea urchin
studies has asked for info about
> sea urchins used for food (tests and not just loose spines), and I
> dearly appreciate any published references or forthcoming results
for my own
> uses. Prehistoric especially, but I seem to remember some
remains from dark
> age Scottish Isles.
> Many thanks.
> Greg Campbell