The Archaeology of Fishing Along the Estuary

1400 years ago at the Spicebush site along Tivoli South Bay, Native Americans cleaned and cooked sturgeon from the Hudson River.

Archaeological finds show that Hudson River fish provided food for Native Americans, especially between 1,600 and 1,000 years ago. Evidence on two dozen sites indicates that the principal fish caught was sturgeon, either the Atlantic or shortnose species. Remains of the boney plates or scutes of the two species are indistinguishable.