Mansion House

Lamprey-keratin-‘teeth’-(probably-river-lamprey)-recovered-during-excavations-near-Mansion-House-station-in-London-©-MOLA

Lamprey for dinner in medieval London

King Henry I is said to have died from eating a ‘surfeit of lampreys’, but there is no excess of these eel-like fish in the archaeological record, as their remains rarely survive. Indeed, traces of lampreys are so scarce that they had previously only been identified at two sites in the UK. Now a third example has been found during post-excavation analysis of a midden uncovered in central London.