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Science for the People

This week we’re dis­cussing clam gar­dens on the west coast of Cana­da and the US, and how indige­nous peo­ple have been active­ly man­ag­ing food resources in the area for thou­sands of years. Clam gar­den rock walls are thou­sands of years old, and peo­ple have been active­ly main­tain­ing them up to today, but Euro­peans and the sci­en­tif­ic com­mu­ni­ty ignored their exis­tence for a cou­ple of cen­turies. We speak with Dana Lep­of­sky, Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Archae­ol­o­gy at Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty, and Nicole Smith, a free­lance archae­ol­o­gist based in Vic­to­ria, about clam gar­den rock walls built into the coast of British Columbia.