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‘Dark Age Economics’ revisited: the English fish bone evidence AD 600-1600

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 March 2015

James H. Barrett
Department of Archaeology, The King’s Manor, University of York, York, YO1 7EP, England. (Email:
Alison M. Locker
L’Ensoleillee’, 20 bld de Garavan, 06500 Menton, France. (Email:
Callum M. Roberts
Environment Department, University of York, York, YO10 5DD, England. (Email:


When did the market economy come to Europe? Fish might seem an unlikely commodity to throw light on the matter, but the authors use fish bones from English sites to offer a vivid account of the rise and rise of the market as a factor in European development from the late tenth century.

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