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Bea De Cupere, Lien Speleers, Piers Mitchell, Ann Degraeve, Marc Meganck, E. Bennion-Pedley, A.K. Jones, Marissa L. Ledger and Koen Deforce (2021)

A multidisciplinary analysis of cesspits from late medieval and post-medieval Brussels, Belgium: diet and health in the fourteenth-seventeenth century

International Journal of Historical Archaeology.

The fill of two late and post-medieval cesspits in Brussels was analyzed using a multidisciplinary approach, including the study of macrobotanical and faunal remains, pollen, and parasite eggs. These show that in the diet plant foods were dominated by cereals while the animal remains document the consumption of mainly fish and birds. The presence of foods that were luxuries at that time would indicate that these were affluent households, although with an admixture of meals related to those of lower socioeconomic status. Seven species of helminth and protozoal parasites were identified, with dominance of those species spread by poor sanitation.
Peer Review, International Redaction Board

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