• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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  • 2014 Harbor Seal Pupping Season Closures

    From March 1 through June 30, the park implements closures of certain Tomales Bay beaches and Drakes Estero to water-based recreation to protect harbor seals during the pupping season. Please avoid disturbing seals to ensure a successful pupping season. More »

  • 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus Operations Have Ended

    March 30, 2014, was the last day for the 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is open daily from now through late December 2014. More »

  • Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1, 2013

    The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is open on weekends and holidays when shuttles are operating. More »

Coast Miwok Material Culture

The Coast Miwok are the only known Native American tribal group to occupy all of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties. Obsidian hydration has dated their occupation back several millennia. A collection of worked obsidian, bone, stone mortars and tools, and shell are now held in the museum with faunal remains and debitage. These materials were excavated by archeologists from San Francisco Bay Area universities in the 1960s-1980s in cooperation with the National Park Service on lands within the park boundaries. Unique coastal materials used to make tools and ornaments include whale bone, abalone, clam and olivella shells. Studies indicate significant prehistoric manufacturing sites existed on the Peninsula where beads and ornaments were made from these materials.

A larger type sample of individual items from a number of excavated sites is available on the National Park Service web catalog site where catalog records with images are posted. Use search term Coast Miwok.

 
 

Did You Know?

Waves crashing on rocks during a storm.

A 1-foot sea level rise can lead to shorelines eroding back 100 feet, and increase the chances of a 100-year flood event in low coastal areas to once every 10 years. More...