Idaho's Mount Borah
BLM
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Soaring over the Snake River Birds of Prey NCA Survey pin Teepees at Idaho's Sacajawea Interpretive Center in Salmon Riding Idaho's rangelands Kayaking on Idaho's scenic rivers
Idaho
BLM>Idaho>Programs>Cultural Resources>Lower Salmon River Cultural Resources
Print Page
Cottonwood Field Office

Cultural History Phases

VIDEO| Watch what's happening on-the-ground at Cooper's Ferry


COOPERS FERRY I


The earliest human inhabitants in the canyon were Native Americans who lived here 11,500 years ago. Little is known about these people. They relied on large ungulates such as elk and deer for food.

Drying Meat

Coopers Ferry I Phase Projectile Points and Fragments


Projectile Points and fragments of the coopers Ferry I Phase. Scale and divisions are in Centimeters. (Source: Cultural Chronology of the Lower Salmon River (pdf), DAVIS, Loren G., Department of Anthropology, Oregon State University)

Read about the evolution of projectile points.
 

Mussel Shells-environmental records
Oxygen isotope levels in mussel shells at this time indicate very hot, dry summers and very cold, dry winters.

Rocky Canyon Phase Grave Creek Phase Craig Mountain Phase Coopers Ferry II Phase Coopers Ferry I Phase Camas Prarie Phase Historic Phase
More Links

Summary of Early Idaho Archaeologic Sites

Cultural Chronology of the Lower Salmon River (pdf), DAVIS, Loren G., Department of Anthropology, Oregon State University

Measuring Late Quaternary Geoecological Relationships In The Lower Salmon River Canyon, Idaho, DAVIS, Loren G., Department of Anthropology, Oregon State University

Geoarchaeological Perspectives and Archaeological Interpretations of Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherer Cultural Behavior in the Lower Salmon River Canyon, Idaho, DAVIS, Loren G., Department of Anthropology, Oregon State University
Central place foraging and the winter village: a settlement pattern analysis in the Lower Salmon River Canyon in Idaho, CARLISLE, Kendra, (pdf thesis) Department of Anthropology, Oregon State University

More research by Loren G. Davis

Our Cultural Heritage (967kb. pdf) A Fragile Record of the Last 12,000 Years along the Lower Salmon River