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The Diet of the Ancient Inhabitants of Ashishik Point, an Aleut Community
Glenda B. Denniston
Vol. 11, Supplement: Festschrift Issue in Honor of Chester S. Chard (1974), pp. 143-152
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40315808
Page Count: 10
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An attempt is made to reconstruct the diet of the former inhabitants of Ashishik Point, a prehistoric Aleutian community. Archaeological faunal data are used in combination with accounts of the way of life of the historic Aleuts and with data concerning the nutritive value of various foods. The edible weights of the different foods are estimated and their contributions to the diet assessed. Fat to protein to carbohydrate ratios and possible vitamin deficiencies and excesses are considered. Finally, an attempt is made to determine the relative importance of the various food animals and other resources to the ancient inhabitants of the site.
Arctic Anthropology © 1974 University of Wisconsin Press