Medieval Whalers in the Netherlands and Flanders

Zooarchaeological cetacean material regularly appears in the Dutch and Flemish archaeological record, with numerous remains dating to the Medieval period (AD 400-1600). It has often been suggested that zooarchaeological cetacean material was merely scavenged from stranded individuals, however several historical sources from the Netherlands and Flanders seem to suggest that active whaling was undertaken during the Medieval period.

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