Crusading and Colonisation Project highlighted in Science
The Northern Crusades served as a turning point in European History. The ecology of this important transition, as understood through bioarchaeology, has recently formed the basis for a new project on the subject. Focusing on animal bone and coring data, this project explores how human exploitation of fauna, and 'psuedo-urbanisation' (in the form of large castles), impacted on the broader landscape, ecology and local populations. Stanford zooarchaeologist, Krish Seetah, leads the faunal analysis and explains the crucial role of animals during this period.
Abstract and link to article available here: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/338/6111/1144
Stanford News covered the release in an article by Melissa Pandika: http://news.stanford.edu/pr/2012/pr-ecology-baltic-crusades-120612.html