“Has the Black Death’s Impact Been Overstated? New Medieval Data Complicates Understanding”, Georgetown College Covers Timothy Newfield’s Research

Human figures transporting multiple coffins and burying them. The expressions on their faces show dispair and pain.
Mid-14th century illustration of Black Death burials in Tournai, Belgium

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Georgetown College covers Timothy Newfield‘s research, undertaken with an interdisciplinary team, on the Black Death’s impact. The team tackled the question of the plague’s impact by analyzing medieval pollen samples, to get a sense of how land use was impacted by the plague. Their findings suggest that the Black Death may not have been as uniformly devastating as once thought.

Read the Georgetown College piece.