The rich archaeofaunal record of Kodiak Island, Alaska, offers a means
of testing the hypothesis that resource depression of high-return prey
such as large sea mammals caused subsistence shifts towards more
intensified use of lower-return prey and more distant sea mammal
habitats. The fish and mammal remains from three major shell midden
sites on Kodiak spanning 5000 years have been analyzed in terms of
relative taxonomic abundance and butchery patterns to test this hypothesis. The results are presented here, giving the first diachronic
account of prehistoric Alutiiq subsistence from the earliest large Ocean
Bay faunal assemblage to the Kachemak-Koniag transition.
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Robert Kopperl completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Washington, Fall 2003. He is currently a consulting archaeologist with Northwest Archaeological Association, Inc., in Seattle. He has worked on and directed archaeological projects in Washington and costal Alaska.