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In the Chesapeake Bay, shell mounds show a long history of sustainable oyster harvests

from Hakai Magazine

As long as 3,200 years ago, Indigenous peoples living along the banks of the Chesapeake Bay harvested oysters in vast quantities. They extracted the meat and piled the shells into mounds known as middens. Archaeologists have long studied these shell mounds — some of which are meters deep — for a window into the lifestyles of these peoples: what they ate, how they hunted, and the tools they used. more


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