You are what you eat: isotopic evidence from Whitehall Farm and Early Medieval England

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  • 27th April 2021
    19:30 - 21:00

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Presented by: Dr. Samantha Leggert.

Bio:  Sam is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge and her interests lie in bioarchaeology and the history and archaeology of the Early Middle Ages. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2020, which focused on diet and mobility in Early Medieval England and western Europe – which included analysing the skeletons from Whitehall Farm. Her previous work looked at the history and archaeology of the ‘Conversion Period’ in England and Scandinavia at the University of Sydney and University of New England. Sam is also currently working on projects across the UK, Norway and Spain using isotopic analyses to look at diet and migration in Late Antique and Medieval populations.

Summary: This talk looks at the new stable isotope evidence from the skeletons at Whitehall Farm, Nether Heyford and contextualises the site within the broader context of contemporary sites in England and western Europe. Are there changes in what they were eating through time?
Do these match the shifts in burial practice seen at the site? And how do these skeletons compare with other communities in the Early Middle Ages? It shows how this small group of burials adds to our knowledge of the period and the major socio-environmental transitions that took place from the end of the Roman period onwards.


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