Tagged: history of whaling

Aquatic Animals and Monsters of the Northern Seas: Programme (Cerisy-La-Salle, May 31-June 2017)

The Colloquium is devoted to the history of fish, aquatic monsters and mammals in the northern seas (the English Channel, North Sea, Baltic Sea, Norwegian Sea, the North Atlantic), from antiquity to 1600. The colloquium is structured in five topics: Zoological Knowledge: Naming Describing, Identifying Sea products: fishing, eating, transforming Iconography: representing marine...

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Evidence for the use of whale-baleen products in medieval Powys, Wales

Introduction Baleen is the material which comprises the keratinous feeding plates in the mouths of the largest whales on the planet. It was traditionally used in corsets, along with other items from the late sixteenth century onwards. Historical references suggest that, prior to this, baleen arms and armour were used from the late...