Disaster recovery: new archaeological evidence for the long-term impact of the ‘calamitous’ fourteenth century

  title={Disaster recovery: new archaeological evidence for the long-term impact of the ‘calamitous’ fourteenth century},
  author={Carenza Lewis},
  pages={777 - 797}
  • C. Lewis
  • Published 17 May 2016
  • History, Economics
  • Antiquity
Abstract The Black Death swept across Europe and Asia in the fourteenth century, killing millions and devastating communities. Recent re-evaluations of source data, the discovery of new plague cemeteries and advances in genotyping have caused scholars to reconsider the extent of the devastation and to revise estimated mortality rates upwards. But what was the true impact of this catastrophic episode? Systematic test-pitting can reveal changes in medieval demography that can be both quantified… 
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