British archaeologists made a curious discovery about medieval children
In the process of yet another archaeological expedition to British researchers have found the remains of children who lived in England in the middle Ages. Experts have analysed the tooth enamel of these children and reported what they ate and whether there was a significant difference in the diet of the poor and the wealthy heirs of English. On the pages of the foreign press there appeared recently an article about how British experts learned what they ate, children from poor and wealthy English families during the middle Ages.
The remains of British discovered in Canterbury cemetery. Through several tests scientists found out that rich children ate almost the same thing and less wealthy. The specialists studied the condition of tooth enamel medieval children and reported that they were satisfied at an early age was excommunicated from the mother’s milk.
In 2 years they have been accustomed to porridge, soaked bread, and other useful products. 4, the children tried to help their parents with the housework and go for meat and vegetables. With 6 years of fed thereby as adults.
Patrick Mahoney (Patrick Mahoney) and his colleagues complete the picture of human history, lived as the youngest British during the late middle ages by examining the structure of the enamel of their baby teeth, recently found in the territory Canterburytales.
How to tell the scientists, it was buried as representatives of the richest and the poorest sectors of the population of England during the Plantagenet dynasty, which allowed archaeologists to study comprehensively how different the life of a young generation among the poor and noble people.
Cracks in the enamel, according to Mahoney, hide in themselves the information about how good the food people ate, how long he drank the mother’s milk, and scratches on its surface and isotopic composition can tell us, what food he ate in different periods of life.
The study of the teeth of children with Canterbury cemetery showed that rich and poor children was quickly denied access to mother’s milk, turning about one to two years to feeding semi-solid food – soaked bread, gruel of flour and other relatively soft foods.
Two to four years of English children made the transition to more solid foods – various vegetables, meat and other solid foods. Scientists believe that this is because at this age children become mobile enough to follow the parents and perhaps help them with the housework and eat together with them “adult” food.
At six and eight years children passed English on a full adult diet, as can be seen by the increased wear of their teeth. As in the previous cases, both poor and rich children ate about the same. This result surprised scientists – the dental wear of adult commoners and noble Englishmen clearly shows that differences in diet were. Apparently, the “quality” of the diet of children depended on some other factors, not only material well-being, about which we still know nothing, conclude Mahoney and his colleagues.