Prehistoric utilization of thermal springs in the Pacific Northwest Public Deposited

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  • Natural thermal springs occur throughout the Pacific Northwest. The use and importance of this natural environmental feature to Native Americans prior to and during the period of initial white contact is examined. Ethnographic, archaeological, and oral historical information is described in an attempt to reconstruct the role of these naturally-heated springs. This information is examined in relation to the location and temperature of springs in an effort to discover what influence hot springs had on the settlement and subsistence patterns of the early inhabitants of the three cultural regions that constitute the Pacific Northwest (Northwest Coast, Plateau and Northern Great Basin). An analysis of this data is used to make an assessment of the value of thermal spring sites to the archaeological inventory. An analysis of the current interpretation of the term "cultural resource" is examined in its relationship to sites having no empirically obvious and associated cultural remains. An argument is presented for a reliance on off site data including ethnographic and oral historical accounts. The current status of thermal springs in the Northwest Region is reviewed in reference to modern Native American concerns over the development of this natural resource.
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