Pre-History Along the Laguna de Santa Rosa

Aug 6, 2013

Native people dwelt along the Laguna de Santa Rosa for thousands of years, but details about how they lived--and how long they’ve been there-- have only gradually emerged.

Sonoma County archeologist Tom Origer at work

An example of an obsidian crescent

The obsidian artifact that enabled the dating of the early Pomo settlements along the Laguna de Santa Rosa was a small stone tool known as a crescent. Sonoma County archeologist Tom Origer says quite a few have been found, but little is really known about how they were used.

 

Today, we identify the people who live along the Laguna as southern Pomo, whose territory extended south to the present day Cotati area, where the Coast Miwok lived. Origer says both tribes had active trading relationships with their neighbors.

Tom Origer will present “A History of the Laguna de Santa Rosa’s Pre-history” at 3 pm on Saturday afternoon, August 10, at the Laguna Foundation’s Environmental Center, just off Occidental Road.