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

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

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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
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2015

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  • historical ecology
  • single-nucleotide polymorphisms
  • stable isotope analysis
  • cod
  • fish trade
  • Mary Rose

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