Rats, Communications, and Plague: Toward an Ecological History

  title={Rats, Communications, and Plague: Toward an Ecological History},
  author={M. McCormick},
  journal={Journal of Interdisciplinary History},
  • M. McCormick
  • Published 2003
  • Geography
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History
  • During the last twenty years, archaeozoological research has significantly transformed the picture of the black rat (rattus rattus) in classical antiquity and medieval Europe. These new data, in conjunction with extant texts from these periods, make a great contribution to the understanding of the bubonic plagues of the sixth and the fourteenth centuries, as well as to the history of the communications and economic systems linking the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic. The… CONTINUE READING