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Diet and diversity at later medieval Fishergate: the isotopic evidence.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17568445     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We present the results of stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis of bone collagen for 155 individuals buried at the Later Medieval (13th to early 16th century AD) Gilbertine priory of St. Andrew, Fishergate in the city of York (UK). The data show significant variation in the consumption of marine foods between males and females as well as between individuals buried in different areas of the priory. Specifically, individuals from the crossing of the church and the cloister garth had consumed significantly less marine protein than those from other locations. Isotope data for four individuals diagnosed with diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) are consistent with a diet rich in animal protein. We also observe that isotopic signals of individuals with perimortem sharp force trauma are unusual in the context of the Fishergate dataset. We discuss possible explanations for these patterns and suggest that there may have been a specialist hospital or a local tradition of burying victims of violent conflict at the priory. The results demonstrate how the integration of archaeological, osteological, and isotopic data can provide novel information about Medieval burial and society.
Gundula Müldner; Michael P Richards
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of physical anthropology     Volume:  134     ISSN:  0002-9483     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Phys. Anthropol.     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-10     Completed Date:  2007-11-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400654     Medline TA:  Am J Phys Anthropol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  162-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
(c) 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Department of Archaeology, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AB, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Burial / history
Carbon Isotopes
Diet / history*
Hierarchy, Social
History, Medieval
Hyperostosis, Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal / pathology
Nitrogen Isotopes
Sex Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Carbon Isotopes; 0/Nitrogen Isotopes

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