The Black Death : exploring the possible link of the Great Famine and Yersinia pestis through a bioarchaeological examination.

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College of Liberal Arts

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Bachelor in Arts


The goal of this Honors Thesis project was to examine the possible link between the Great Famine (1315-1318) and the Black Death (1348-1351). Three archaeological sites in London were utilized in an attempt to find the link using skeletal remains. St. Mary's Spital Square, Dominican Friary Carter Lane, and East Smithfield Black Death were the three sites chosen based on the time periods they were in use. A definitive link was not established but this project led to a possible new population to study in order to find a skeletal link.