The globalization of naval provisioning: Ancient DNA and stable isotope analyses of stored cod fromthe wreck of the Mary Rose, AD 1545

William F. Hutchinson, Mark Culling, David C. Orton, Bernd Hänfling, Lori Lawson Handley, Sheila Hamilton-Dyer, Tamsin C. O'Connell, Michael P. Richards, James H. Barrett

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Abstract

A comparison of ancient DNA (single-nucleotide polymorphisms) and carbon and nitrogen stable isotope evidence suggests that stored cod provisions recovered from the wreck of the Tudor warship Mary Rose, which sank in the Solent, southern England, in 1545, had been caught in northern and transatlantic waters such as the northern North Sea and the fishing grounds of Iceland and Newfoundland. This discovery, underpinned by control data from archaeological samples of cod bones from potential source regions, illuminates the role of naval provisioning in the early development of extensive sea fisheries, with their long-term economic and ecological impacts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number150199
JournalRoyal Society Open Science
Volume2
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2015

Keywords

  • Cod
  • Fish trade
  • Historical ecology
  • Mary Rose
  • Single-nucleotide polymorphisms
  • Stable isotope analysis

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