Müldner, G. and Richards, M. P. (2005). Fast or feast:. J Archaeol Sci 32 (1). Vol 32(1), pp. 39-48.

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Fast or feast:
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reconstructing diet in later medieval England by stable isotope analysis
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J Archaeol Sci 32 (1)
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Journal of Archaeological Science
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32 (1)
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39 - 48
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In this pilot-study, which was designed to assess the range of isotopic variation in English medieval populations, the authors present the results of stable isotope analysis of carbon and nitrogen of human and animal bone collagen from three later medieval sites in Northern England. The isotopic values observed for the rural hospital of St. Giles by Brompton Bridge (N. Yorks.), the Augustinian Friary at Warrington and a mass-grave with casualties from the Battle of Towton (N. Yorks.) are significantly different from those reported for other archaeological populations in Britain, namely by their very enriched delta15N ratios which are combined with almost entirely terrestrial carbon signals. The authors discuss possible explanations for the unusual human data and argue on grounds of the available faunal data, that a mixed diet of terrestrial, marine and freshwater resources is most likely. This may indicate the significant impact of the medieval fasting regulations on everyday subsistence. They conclude that stable isotope analysis can complement the available historical information on diet in the Middle Ages.
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Gundula Müldner
Michael P Richards
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2005
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Middle Ages (Auto Detected Temporal)
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URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03054403
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23 May 2005