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Root Camps Along
the Upper Klamath River Canyon










Along the Upper Klamath River Canyon, within Shasta aboriginal territory, there are found those ubiquitous lithic scatters thathave been variously interpreted.   Occasionally a few tools are found within the debitage to give clues as to the site's function.   Usually based on these few tools, the site is identified as a hunting camp without much thought of other possibilities.   However, the location of these scatters, and a consideration of the culture which was using the area, may present a wider range of interpretations.   One alternative is that the site was a plant gathering camp, such as a "root camp".   This paper examines both what "signatures" a root camp may leave and the potential of identifying the lithic scatters found along the Upper Klamath River as being such camps.
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