Ancient Stone Tools
millingstone, chert tools, fish effigy
Paleoindian Period
13,000-8,500
Before Present

A seed-milling stone, chert tools, beads, and a fish-like stone carving were found at a 10,000-year-old site near Nipomo. This is some of the oldest evidence for human occupation in the region.



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This Tishle' blade is the only surviving example of a Chumash tomol paddle. The paddle was collected during Vancouver's visit to the Santa Barbara area in 1793 and presently resides in the British Museum collection.

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