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Noble Meals instead of Abstinence? A faunal Assemblage from the Dominican Monastery of Norden

Küchelmann, Hans Christian (2012): Noble Meals instead of Abstinence? A faunal Assemblage from the Dominican Monastery of Norden, Northern Germany. in: Lefèvre, Christine (ed.): Proceedings of the General Session of the 11th International Council for Archaeozoology Conference (Paris, 23-28 August 2010), British Archaeological Reports International Series 2354, 87-97, Oxford

Abstract
The faunal remains recovered from the site of a late medieval mendicant order are presented here. The assemblage shows indications for wealth and high social status. The archaeozoological results are discussed in the light of historic facts known about the Dominican order revealing obvious discrepancies. Differences are visible between the refuse from early and late features suggesting a change from a diet consisting predominantly of fish in the 13th century to a preponderance of meat from the 15th century onwards. It is assumed that these changes may reflect a shift in ethical values.

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