What did Roman soldiers in the Netherlands eat?

Esox lucius, Northern pike

Translated from the site of the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands:

Soldiers who about 50 AD guarded the border of the Roman empire in what is now the Netherlands, as they kept watch ate fish, waterfowl, and shellfish. So says a report, Vroege Wacht, published this week about a Roman watchtower, discovered in Utrecht in 2002. …

Rations were probably not enough; as the soldiers in the tower added to it by fishing for carp bream, roach, perch, and especially pike.

Also waterfowl were hunted: the soldiers certainly ate mallard, wigeon, and teal.

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