Affordable Access

Access to the full text

On the diet of Tycho Brahe and his wife: did they consume fish from stagnant pools?

Authors
  • van der Plicht, Johannes1, 2
  • Kaupová, Sylva Drtikolová3
  • Velemínský, Petr3
  • Smolík, Jiří4
  • Kučera, Jan5
  • Kameník, Jan5
  • Havránek, Vladimír5
  • Brůžek, Jaroslav6, 7
  • Vellev, Jens8
  • Rasmussen, Kaare Lund9
  • 1 Center for Isotope Research, Nijenborgh 6, Groningen, 9747 AG, The Netherlands , Groningen (Netherlands)
  • 2 Leiden University, Leiden, 2300 RA, The Netherlands , Leiden (Netherlands)
  • 3 National Museum, Václavské náměstí 68, Prague 1, 115 79, Czech Republic , Prague 1 (Czechia)
  • 4 Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals Czech Academy of Sciences, Rozvojová 135, Prague 6, 165 02, Czech Republic , Prague 6 (Czechia)
  • 5 Nuclear Physics Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Řež 130, CZ-250 68, Czech Republic , Řež 130 (Czechia)
  • 6 Charles University, Albertov 6, Prague 2, 128 43, Czech Republic , Prague 2 (Czechia)
  • 7 Université Bordeaux 1, Talence, 33405, France , Talence (France)
  • 8 Section for Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology, Moesgaard Alle 20, Højbjerg, 8270, Denmark , Højbjerg (Denmark)
  • 9 Cultural Heritage and Archaeometric Research Team (CHART), Institute of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, Odense M, 5230, Denmark , Odense M (Denmark)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Heritage Science
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Publication Date
Jul 22, 2020
Volume
8
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s40494-020-00399-8
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Radiocarbon dating has been performed on cortical femoral tissue samples from Tycho Brahe (1546–1601) and his wife Kirsten Barbara Jørgensdatter (1549–1604). No discernible reservoir effect has been observed in either skeleton. This combined with unusually high δ15N values and seemingly terrestrial δ13C values, makes us suggest that a large fraction of their protein intake came from freshwater fish raised in stagnant pools.

Report this publication

Statistics

Seen <100 times