The inhabitants of the Louvre were great consumers of fish: this is testified by recent excavations, which have yielded a very large number of fish remains from well-dated deposits. Using both the bone data and that from written sources, it is possible to demonstrate the role of fish in the diet of the inhabitants of a Parisian district from the fourteenth to eighteenth century. This study reveals that throughout this period, sea fish consumption was much greater than that of fresh-water fish. The abundance of fish bone s, and the excellent state of their preservation, have enabled the establishment of a wide faunal spectrum for both marine and fresh water species. Fresh, dry or salt fish seem to have been consumed ail the year round.
Fish, Diet, Fishery, Middle Ages, Paris.