Cod was traded extraordinary distances across Europe 1,000 years ago

May 5th, 2008 - 12:59 pm ICT by admin  

London, May 5 (ANI): Archaeologists and scientists have revealed that about 1,000 years ago, cod was traded extraordinary distances across Europe, from the Norwegian Arctic to England and the Baltic.

According to a report in The Guardian, the research, led by a team of archaeologists at Cambridge University, may force yet another revision of the image of the Vikings, from longship ram-raiders, to mainly traders and colonising farmers, to the fishmongers of Europe.

For the research, scientists perfected a technique of analysing cod bones, which was originally developed to track modern fish stocks.

It analyses collagen, which carries chemical traces of the water the fish originally swam in.

Applied to bones from archaeological sites, it is beginning to show a picture of fish transported remarkable distances from AD 950 on, when the quantity of bones shows a huge rise in consumption.

When fish were chopped up for processing, matching the results from fish bones and heads shows that in some cases they are separated by thousands of miles, according to the team of archaeologists.

The research also shows the 1,000-year-old origins of the modern problem of declining fish stocks, as fishing grounds had to supply far more than a local market.

According to James Barrett from Cambridge Universitys archaeology department, The emergence of commercial fishing may represent the point at which people started to have an impact on marine ecoystems. (ANI)

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