The Basket Case: Deciphering Subsistence Patterns in the Southwest Anderson Plain Region, N.W.T., in the Late Prehistoric Period

Book Chapter
CAA Occasional Paper No. 1 1:113-129 (1991)


The analysis of 12 faunal samples collected in the southwest Anderson Plain demonstrates a clear dependence on caribou as a primary dietary mainstay in late prehistoric times. The secondary focus shifted seasonally between snowshoe hare, fish and waterfowl. This analysis has also identified a number of bone disposal techniques which included burning in the domestic fire, gathering and burial, and possibly disposing of the bones of certain species in a nearby lake or stream.