Recent research by Tessi Loeffelmann, Christophe Snoeck, and Philippe Claeys from the BB-Lab, with colleagues from the UK, has shown that Vikings brought animals with them to England as early as the 9th century AD. This conclusion was based on strontium isotope analysis of cremated human and animal remains at the only known Viking cremation cemetery in the British Isles – Heath Wood in Derbyshire.
The site is associated with the movements of the Viking Great Army which landed in England in AD 865 and is known to have overwintered near Heath Wood in AD 873-874.
The research has been published in the journal PLoS ONE
Finally after several lockdowns and delays due to the pandemic some of the BB-labbers were able to travel outside of Belgium again.
The CRIME project focuses on the research of prehistoric funeral rituals and their changes in Slovenia. A large part of the project is the preparation of a map of biologically available strontium for Slovenia. During the brief visit from September 1th to September 5th, the BB-labbers Steven Goderis, Christophe Snoeck, Charlotte Sabaux and Carina Gerritzen visited the research team in Slovenia from the University of Ljubljana, and the Jožef Stefan Institute, to plan the future sampling strategy and other project related collaborations.
It was a great opportunity to strengthen the bonds between the two research teams. Within just two days the team managed to sample a large amount of their first Slovenian plants for Sr-Isotope analysis.
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