Roads and military provisioning during the French and Indian war (1754–1763): The faunal remains of fort Shirley, PA in context

Martin Welker, Shane Billings, Jonathan Burns, Sarah McClure

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Abstract

Early British generals faced serious challenges in delivering and storing sufficient provisions for 18th century British soldiers and colonial militia. This analysis investigates the influence of developed road systems that facilitated delivery of provisions and resulted in distinctive dietary patterning. The comparison of faunal data from forts located on major road systems with frontier garrisons and associated Native American villages like Fort Shirley and Aughwick Old Town, a short-lived (1754–1756) French and Indian War frontier fortification in central Pennsylvania, indicates a significantly reduced reliance on domestic livestock at these more inaccessible locations. These results suggest that road infrastructure heavily influenced military provisioning, encouraged adaptation to frontier living through reliance on wild game, and resulted in varied dietary practices at military installations in eastern North America.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5
JournalOpen Quaternary
Volume4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Ecology
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Environmental Science(all)

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