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Diet and ethnicity during the Viking colonization of northern Scotland: evidence from fish bones and stable carbon isotopes

  • James H. Barrett (a1), Roelf P. Beukens (a2) and Rebecca A. Nicholson (a3)

Diet and ethnicity are strongly related. Recent work on fish-bone ratios and stable carbon isotopes suggest that the Vikings increased the fish contribution to the diet of Orkney and Shetland by a greater investment in deep-sea fishing.

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