IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1216: The Impact of the Natural World: Diet and Health in Medieval Communities

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Organiser:Sarah Semple, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:C. Pamela Graves, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Paper 1216-aCaliphs, Kings, and Cookery: An Isotopic Approach to the Study of Medieval Spanish Diet
(Language: English)
Michelle Alexander, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Daily Life, Religious Life
Paper 1216-bBamburgh: The Diet and Mobility of an Early Medieval Community Explored
(Language: English)
Sarah Elizabeth Groves, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Daily Life
Paper 1216-cRespiratory Health in Medieval England
(Language: English)
Karen Bernofsky, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Daily Life
Abstract

Diet, disease, and health are areas of research currently providing innovative and original contributions to knowledge on the daily life of medieval populations. This session forefronts the significant range of research currently underway in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University with papers investigating the impacts of the natural world in terms of health and diet and their effects upon medieval societies and communities. Dietary compositions are investigated in Medieval Spain in the first paper which explores the relationships between diet and status in society. This is followed by a regional study on the new analyses from the remarkable cemetery at Bamburgh, Northumberland which provide a means to explore diet, health, and mobility in an early medieval community. Finally the impact of the environment on medieval respiratory health is explored with a focus on contrasting the health of urban and rural populations.