950 years on from the Norman conquest, Sheffield Archaeology researchers are involved in assessing its impact on diet, habits and health.

Dr Elizabeth Craig-Atkins and MSc student Allie Taylor from the University of Sheffield are members of a multi-scalar research team investigating the city of Oxford as a cultural cross-roads between north and south in the early medieval period. The Dietary Impact of the Norman Conquest is a collaborative project funded by Cardiff University, the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Royal Archaeological Institute and the Society for Medieval Archaeology.

Along with Lizzy and Allie, specialists from the Universities of Cardiff and Bristol are collaborating on this research project, which will examine human and animal remains and pottery from pre- and post- Conquest Oxford to tell the story of the impact of 14 October 1066, better known as the Battle of Hastings.

This new study aims to reveal:

• how the diet of ordinary people changed
• how cooking habits altered
• the wider impact of the Norman Conquest on the physical health of a specific population

Lizzy and Allie will focusing on human osteology to show the impact of dietary changes. By undertaking a palaeopathological assessment of the skeletal and dental health of individuals from Oxford cemeteries they will examine the physiological impact of dietary changes.

More on The Dietary Impact of the Norman Conquest.

More on our MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology programme.

Allie at Oxford