Size, power, wool and veal: zooarchaeologicalevidence for late medieval innovations.

The late Middle Ages was a period of changes inEngland. The decline of the population and the desertionof vast areas of the countryside caused by theBlack Death of the 14th century brought about a slowtransformation of society and its economy. Farmingand pastoral activities were much affected andgradual modifications in the cultivation of the landand the use of animals eventually led to that set ofchanges in agrarian practices usually called the “agriculturalrevolution” (sensu Kerridge 1967). Thesephenomena have for a long time been studied bysocial and agricultural historians but archaeology hasalso made a contribution.

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