Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 8, 2019

Early Settlement of Santa Cruz Island

Channel Islands National Park News Release

Understanding Early Human Settlement on Santa Cruz Island

Ventura, CA — On Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm, Dr. Amy Gusick will provide a lecture on how early people on Santa Cruz Island adapted to a rapidly changing environment at the end of the last glacial period.

Gusick’s research indicates that, as the climate changed, early islanders made a significant shift in diet from primarily protein-based seafood to more carbohydrate rich food sources. According to Gusick, this transition, along with the need to obtain other necessary resources like water and tool-making stone, caused the people living on Santa Cruz Island to become more mobile and to utilize more locations on the islands than they had previously.

The Channel Islands have some of the highest densities of early human habitation sites in the Western Hemisphere. The knowledge gained through Gusick’s research helps create a better understanding of how people lived during this time period.

Dr. Gusick is the Associate Curator for Archaeology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. She is an environmental archaeologist with extensive experience in island and coastal archaeology. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2012.

Gusick’s lecture will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 7:00 pm at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor. The program is free and open to the public.

This talk, part of the From Shore to Sea lecture series, is sponsored by Channel Islands National Park to further the understanding of the Channel Islands and surrounding waters. The 2019 lecture series will take place at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of the month, March through May and September through November.

This lecture can also be viewed live online, at: Shore to Sea lecture series.

Lectures are recorded and posted at:

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