The intention is in time to build up references as to available sources, books and papers on pre-westernised diets in peoples globally.
More information will be added in due course once other more critical areas of the web site are complete.
Primary diet – for much of the year mainly meat often caribou. (as discussed elsewhere the fat and nutrient profile of domesticated and more so industrialised live stock is very different to that of truly wild caribou)
Nunamuit Ethnorarchaeology (Foundations off Archaeology)
“In Nunamiut Ethnoarchaeology the late Lewis Binford documents the hunting and butchering strategies of modern Arctic big game hunters and the archaeological remains generated during the course of their yearly round of activities-producing a unique description of a complete annual cycle of subsistence activities, viewed simultaneously from both a behavioral and archaeological perspective. The volume is now regarded as a classic of archaeological theory building. Originally published by Academic Press in 1978.”
Notes on the Nunamuit Eskimo and Mammals of the Anaktuvuk Pass Region, Brooks Range, Alaska. Robert L Rausch.
Copied below under digital commons (Link)
Mainly marine birds etc with small amount of seasonal kelp blueberries etc.
Studies on Metabolism of Eskimos – Peter Heinbecker – available in PDF (Link)
Primary Diet – High unrefined carbohydrate + dairy eggs and fish
The Good Scots Diet by Maisie Steven (Link)
The book is very much more interesting, wider content including food related social history, tales of deprivation, and dietary history, than the synopsis and cover would suggest. Particular areas of interest include consideration of the traditional Highland diet of ‘ordinary’ people, changing nutritional standards with poverty and the impact of government dietary policy in WWII.
Historically highlanders were renowned for the robust health and physiques, and army recruitment records suggest that factors (likely dietary change) resulted in some loss of height and robust physique. (information from Andrew Whitley – Bread Matters (Link))
The observations as to dietary changes in WWII in Scotland and the consequent health increases seen in the population are highly thought provoking. The addition of cod liver oil, whole milk and orange juice in children’s diet was a consequence of recommendation based on the work of Mellanby, McCarrison and others.
Weston Price – Nutrition and Physical Degeneration – Ch.4 Isolated and modernized Gaelics
Partial versions free online (Link)
Full version see page on Weston Price (Link)
This section will be added to in due course
This is a McCarrison chart of lab diets on the back of one on his research posters. It is presumably selected to represent the diet of the less well off.
Courtesy of the Welcome Trust Library. (Link)