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Fish for the city: meta-analysis of archaeological cod remains and the growth of London's northern trade

Orton, DC; Morris, J; Locker, A; Barrett, JH; (2014) Fish for the city: meta-analysis of archaeological cod remains and the growth of London's northern trade. Antiquity: a Quarterly Review of Archaeology , 88 (340) 516 - 530. Green open access

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Abstract

The growth of medieval cities in Northern Europe placed new demands on food supply, and led to the import of fish from increasingly distant fishing grounds. Quantitative analysis of cod remains from London provides revealing insight into the changing patterns of supply that can be related to known historical events and circumstances. In particular it identifies a marked increase in imported cod from the thirteenth century AD. That trend continued into the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, after a short downturn, perhaps attributable to the impact of the Black Death, in the mid fourteenth century. The detailed pattern of fluctuating abundance illustrates the potential of archaeological information that is now available from the high-quality urban excavations conducted in London and similar centres during recent decades.

Type: Article
Title: Fish for the city: meta-analysis of archaeological cod remains and the growth of London's northern trade
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://antiquity.ac.uk.libproxy.ucl.ac.uk/ant/088/...
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: London, marine fisheries, cod, zooarchaeology, meta-analysis, fish event horizon, stable isotopes, medieval trade
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1430751
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