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  • Susan Thomas
    Fascinating! Thanks for this. The technology caused inertia - presumably things did not change until canning of food and then refrigeration. As the 19th
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      Fascinating! Thanks for this. The technology caused inertia - presumably things did not change until canning of food and then refrigeration. As the 19th century Empire expanded, there would presumably be an increase in the number of places where fresh food could be got. But sailors were notoriously suspicious of food they were not familiar with. Tinned foods were not liked to begin with. (Probably with good reason as we now know that soldering tins shut with lead will give you lead poisoning).

      On 27 March 2012 04:25, terry foreman <terry.foreman@...> wrote:
       

      rb asked me to send the Group this very interesting finding -- and it's brief.

      Terry Foreman.

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      From: rb <broroger@...>
      Date: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM
      Subject: Archaeologists reconstruct diet of Nelson's Navy with new chemical analysis ...
      To: terry foreman <terry.foreman@...>


       
       

      Sent to you by rb via Google Reader:

       
       


      Salt beef, sea biscuits and the occasional weevil; the food endured by sailors during the Napoleonic wars is seldom imagined to be appealing. Now a new chemical analysis technique has allowed archaeologists to find out just how dour the diet of Georgian sailors really was. The team's findings, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology also reveal how little had changed for sailors in the 200 years between the Elizabethan and Georgian eras.

       
       

      Things you can do from here:

       
       




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