hunting camp

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A semi-permanent location that a nomadic hunting group might return to over and over during annual journeys that involved following game animals during seasonal migrations. Rather than permanent dwellings, structures erected at these camps would function more as temporary shelters constructed from local organic, and therefore biodegradable, materials, or materials that were easily carried and transported from site to site. Most evidence of prehistoric, as well as historic, hunting camps derives from garbage piles, broken tools and utensils, and the remnants of fire rings.

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"Campfire scar, Snow Creek Trail, Yosemite National Park, May 2006" by Walter Siegmund.