The Archaeology of Medieval Fishing Tackle
Steane, J M and Foreman, M
Waterfront Archaeology: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Waterfront Archaeology held at Bristol, 23-26 September 1988, edited by G L Good, R H Jones and M W Ponsford (CBA Research Report No 74 (1991))
This paper provides a summary of fish catching methods in medieval England. The principal methods and associated tackle are described with archaeological examples. Distinct regional fishing traditions are identified, the lack of overlap between these techniques possibly reflecting differences in the prey species available. The technology employed in coastal fishing is different again and its development seems to reflect changes in the economic importance of the fishing industry. Small-scale, essentially local, fishing with the sale of fresh fish at local markets was gradually replaced by large-scale fleet fishing in the late medieval period, accompanied by curing and salting processes.