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Isotopes and individuals: diet and mobility among the medieval Bishops of Whithorn.

Muldner, G. and Montgomery, J. and Cook, G. and Ellam, R. and Gledhill, A. and Lowe, C. (2009) 'Isotopes and individuals: diet and mobility among the medieval Bishops of Whithorn.', Antiquity., 83 (322). pp. 1119-1133.


Stable isotopes get personal in this analysis of burials at a medieval cathedral. Compared with the local meat-eating rank and file, those people identified as bishops consumed significantly more fish and were incomers from the east. These results, while not so surprising historically, lend much increased confidence that isotope analysis can successfully read the status and mobility of individuals in a cemetery.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Britain, Medieval, Bishops, Clergy, Stable isotopes, Diet, Mobility, Social rank, Strontium Isotopes, Oxygen Isotopes, British-isles, Fresh-waters, Colonization, England, Carbon, UK.
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Publisher statement:© 2009 Antiquity Publications
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Date deposited:03 August 2011
Date of first online publication:December 2009
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