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

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Daniel Antoine ,

UCL Institute of Archaeology, GB
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Simon Hillson

UCL Institute of Archaeology, GB
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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.

Keywords: Great Famine Black Death 
DOI: 10.5334/ai.0808
Volume: 8
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Published on 15 Aug 2004.
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