New Light on the “Dark Ages”

  title={New Light on the “Dark Ages”},
  author={Richard H. Steckel},
  journal={Social Science History},
  pages={211 - 229}
  • R. Steckel
  • Published 2004
  • Sociology
  • Social Science History
Based on a modest sample of skeletons from northern Europe, average heights fell from 173.4 centimeters in the early Middle Ages to a low of roughly 167 centimeters during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Taking the data at face value, this decline of approximately 6.4 centimeters substantially exceeds any prolonged downturns found during industrialization in several countries that have been studied. Significantly, recovery to levels achieved in the early Middle Ages was not attained… Expand
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