Famine, the Black Death, and health in fourteenth-century London

Daniel Antoine, Simon Hillson

Abstract

In the first half of the fourteenth century two catastrophes struck the population of Europe: the Great Famine and the Black Death. The latter has been extensively studied, but much less is known about the biological effects of the Great Famine. A large assemblage of skeletal remains from one of the Black Death burial grounds, the Royal Mint cemetery in London, provides a unique opportunity to investigate these effects by analyzing the teeth of individuals who survived the famine but died during the Black Death.


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How to cite: Antoine, D and Hillson, S 2004. Famine, the Black Death, and health in fourteenth-century London. Archaeology International 8:26-28, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/ai.0808

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Published on 15 August 2004.

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