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Fishing, Fishing trade
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I. Ancient Orient

Especially in the south of Mesopotamia with its river courses, canals and swamps, fish greatly supplemented the diet; in addition there was fish breeding in ponds for fresh fish. Fishing was mainly done with fish traps and nets and more rarely with spears. The catch was measured by numbers of fish or by volume, but hardly ever according to weight. Preserved fish too (dried, smoked, salted) served as food,…

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Sallaberger, Walther (Leipzig), Felber, Heinz (Leipzig) and Kuhn, Christina (Kassel), “Fishing, Fishing trade”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e411820>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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