Animal bones from Polsloe Priory

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Animal bones from Polsloe Priory

A great change in the monasteries of late medieval and early Tudor England was a relaxation of their tough rules for a spartan life. Among them, a prohibition of eating meat was abandoned. This was dramatically illustrated in Polsloe Priory, where a major early 16th-century deposit of animal bones was recovered, indicating the nuns' consumption of meat on a large scale. Bones from choice cuts of beef were especially well represented.

Acknowledgments: Exeter Archaeology