Cet article qui s'attarde sur une possible inhumation des esclaves sans leur tête avec leurs maîtres en Norvège révèle surtout une très intéressante distinction du régime alimentaire qui diffère entre adultes et enfants, et entre hommes et femmes. Une diète riche serait constituée des produits de l'agriculture et de l'élevage alors qu'une diète pauvre consisterait principalement de produits de la mer.
In 1975, three intact skeletons from the Iron Age were found on the Tommeide farm in Tomma. Naumann interprets this as a family grave. - Despite possible kinship between them, probably as members of the same household, the child nevertheless had a diet that was different from that of the two adults during the last years of their lives
"Men travelled more than women, they may therefore have eaten more fish," says Naumann.
"And although we know little about the scope of the practice, it may have been common to put children in foster care with people of lower social status, for example slaves or servants. It is likely that the children's diet would have been affected by this. This may partly explain why the isotope analyses show that many people had different diets as adults than they did when they were children."