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Evidence of early medieval trade and migration between Wales and the Mediterranean Sea region

Hemer, K.A.; Evans, J.A.; Chenery, C.A.; Lamb, A.L.. 2013 Evidence of early medieval trade and migration between Wales and the Mediterranean Sea region. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40 (5). 2352-2359. 10.1016/j.jas.2013.01.014

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Imported Mediterranean pottery recovered from 5th-7th century settlement sites along the south Wales coast indicates that trade and contact between Wales and Byzantium continued following the collapse of the Roman Empire in the early-5th century. It is hypothesised that people as well as pottery continued to travel to Wales from Byzantium, some of whom subsequently settled amongst the local communities. Strontium and oxygen isotope analysis was undertaken on human remains (n=33 individuals) from four early medieval cemeteries from south Wales. The study identified individuals who may not have been local to the British Isles, thus demonstrating that the isotopic analysis of human remains from Wales can further our understanding of migration to Britain during the early medieval period.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.jas.2013.01.014
ISSN: 03054403
Date made live: 12 Feb 2013 14:56 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/500067

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