Editor: Benecke, Norbert

Leben in der mittelalterlichen Stadt. Neue archäobiologische Forschungen

Workshop 29. November 2019, Berlin

21.0 x 29.7 cm, 260 p., illustrations color, illustrations b/w, paperback / softback
98,00 €

ISBN: 9783752007268

Short Description

This volume contains papers from a workshop on “Life in the medieval town – new archaeobiological research” held in November 2019. Results of zoological, botanical and anthropological investigations on find materials from medieval cities are presented. The contributions deal with different facets of urban life, including nutrition and provisioning, trade, handicrafts, demography and the burden of disease among urban populations, as well as questions of environmental and economic history.


This volume contains ten contributions from a workshop held in November 2019, which focused on the life of medieval urban populations from an archaeobiological perspective. One focus is on the results of studies on plant and animal remains from recent excavations in the medieval double city of Berlin-Cölln as well as from the old town of Köpenick and the neighbouring castle on the Schlossinsel. The materials dealt with document peculiarities and differences in the use of plants and animals for food in the residential areas of different social and religious population groups as well as in the area of public buildings (old Berlin town hall) and at Köpenick castle. Similar studies are presented for medieval Poznań in the context of the historical stages of urban development and for the site of Munich-Marienhof. One contribution deals with the supply of stockfish by the Hanseatic League to medieval and early modern towns. Questions of environmental, settlement and economic history of the Middle Ages are the focus of pollen-analytical investigations on a drill core from the old town of Brandenburg an der Havel. Aspects of disease in the Middle Ages are addressed using the dental health of rural and urban populations in Brandenburg. The volume is completed by a methodological archaeozoological excursus and a contribution dealing with the difficulties and opportunities of a reconstructed medieval past using the example of the Düppel museum village in Berlin.


Agrargeschichte (2) || Agricultural science (2) || Agriculture & farming (34) || Altertumswissenschaften (125) || Animal husbandry (5) || Archaeology (526) || Archaeology by period / region (443) || Bioarchäologie (2) || Field sports: fishing, hunting, shooting (2) || History (834) || Hunting or shooting animals & game (2) || Middle Ages (8) || Mittelalter (288) || Stadt (23) || city (3) || classical archaeology (12)