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

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  • Johannes van der Plicht, Leiden University
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  • Sylva Kaupová, National Museum Prague
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  • Petr Velemínský, National Museum Prague
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  • Jiří Smolík, Czech Academy of Sciences
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  • Jan Kučera, Czech Academy of Sciences
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  • J. Kamenik, Czech Academy of Sciences
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  • V. Havranek, Czech Academy of Sciences
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  • Jaroslav Brůžek, Charles University, Université Bordeaux
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  • Jens Vellev
  • Kaare Lund Rasmussen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number73
JournalHeritage Science
Volume8
ISSN2050-7445
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

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