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New evidence for the establishment and management of the European fallow deer (Dama dama dama) in Roman Britain

Sykes, NJ; Baker, KH; Carden, RF; Higham, TFG; Hoelzel, AR; Stevens, RE; (2011) New evidence for the establishment and management of the European fallow deer (Dama dama dama) in Roman Britain. Journal of Archaeological Science , 38 (1) pp. 156-165. 10.1016/j.jas.2010.08.024.

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Abstract

The semi-domestic status of the European fallow deer (Dama dama dama) renders its ancient biogeography a reflection of human activity with the potential to provide important insights into the movement, trade patterns and ideology of past societies. Given this potential, fallow deer have received surprisingly little attention from scientists within the fields of archaeology, biology and zoology. Here we present new AMS radiocarbon dates, stable carbon and nitrogen isotope data and genetic evidence (the first ancient DNA sequences for the species) resulting from the analysis of a set o f remains recovered from the Roman settlement at Monkton on the Isle of Thanet, Kent, UK. By viewing our results against the very limited available comparative data, this paper provides new information for the establishment and management of fallow deer in Britain. We argue that much more could be achieved with even a slight increase in sample sizes and a plea is made for greater research into this culturally significant species. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Type: Article
Title: New evidence for the establishment and management of the European fallow deer (Dama dama dama) in Roman Britain
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2010.08.024
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences
UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Institute of Archaeology
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URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1463256
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