ust like today, the late medieval period knew many challenges caused by climate change and diseases. The Little Ice Age, starting in the fourteenth century, and the famines and diseases that followed left their marks on past European populations, which are still visible today in the human skeletal remains. The influences of these potential stressors on human skeletons from the late medieval population from Ypres, Belgium, is assessed via stable isotope and osteological analyses. Ypres, rapidly growing into one of the biggest cities in Europe during the thirteenth century, was struck by social polarisation, conflicts, proletarianization, and famines. As a result, the booming city once known for its cloth industry, started to decline during the fourteenth century and provides a good opportunity to study the dynamics of densely populated urban centers during such tumultuous times. Preliminary results from the stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes (δ13C & δ15N) analyses seem to indicate some levels of physiological of stress with higher δ13C & δ15N values observed in some of the individual’s ribs compared to the femurs, suggesting they may have suffered from malnutrition or even starvation. The stable isotope results occasionally match pathological changes. One individual in particular displayed enamel hypoplasia, cribra orbitalia, and vitamin D deficiency and had high δ15N values in the ribs (14.1‰), reinforcing the possibility that inhabitants of Ypres suffered from starvation. This presentation provides more insights into how bioarchaeology can help research the health status in Ypres during its rise and decline in the late medieval period.
Originele taal-2English
TitelEAA 2022: [Re]Integration
Plaats van productiePrague
UitgeverijEuropean Association of Archaeologists
Aantal pagina's1
ISBN van geprinte versie978-80-88441-02-1
StatusPublished - jul 2022
Evenement29th European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) Annual Meeting: Weaving Narratives - University of Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duur: 30 aug 20232 sep 2023
Congresnummer: 29


Conference29th European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) Annual Meeting
Verkorte titelEAA
Land/RegioUnited Kingdom
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