Sturgeon along the French Atlantic

200 CEFrance

“The Atlantic sturgeon inhabited rivers and lived along the French Atlantic coasts long before the sturgeon population identified in the Baltic Sea. There, this very cold period (the Little Ice Age) may have been a favorable climate for the establishment of the species in the Baltic Sea during the Middle Age. But our discoveries show that the species was already present in the French Atlantic region 5000 years ago (at the end of the 4th millennium BC), and was still present until approximately 200 [CE].”

Nathalie Desse-Berset, “First Archaeozoological Identification of Atlantic Sturgeon ( Acipenser Oxyrinchus Mitchill 1815) in France,” Comptes rendus - Palevol 8, no. 8 (2009): 717-24.

Image: Flamen, Albert. A Sturgeon and Other Fish. Digital image. The British Museum, 1836,0811.285. N.p., 1648-1664. Web.