increased consumption of marine resources; increased prevalence of dental disease, and infectious and metabolic diseases; decreased evidence for trauma; decline in subadult growth; and average male stature did not increase.Which is pretty much what you would expect. More fish-eating, since the Romans loved fish, less trauma, since the Romans frowned on non-professional violence, and more eating of sweets and stone-ground flour leading to worse teeth. At first, agricultural improvements may have led to better diets, but since the population grew very rapidly the mass of the people were soon eating no better than they had before, hence the lack of change in stature.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Skeletons and the Romanization of Britain
Labels: archaeology, history
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