Over the last three decades isotope studies have become a mainstay of archaeological investigations into human diet and mobility. A small comparative sample of faunal remains often underpins these studies, used to create baselines, proxies, and provide relative information for building interpretations of the human isotope values (for example, Katzenberg 2000; Lightfoot et al. 2009; Mays 2000; Müldner 2013; Müldner and Richards 2005; Stevens et al. 2012). In recent years, the value of studying the isotope data of faunal material has been increasingly recognized. Studies of this kind have allowed detailed research into animal diets (Hamilton and Thomas 2012; Madgwick et al. 2013; Makarewicz and Tuross 2006; Richards et al. 2009), mobility (Bendrey et al. 2009; Minniti et al. 2014; Pearson et al. 2007; Viner et al. 2010), and environmental circumstances (Birch et al. 2016; Miller et al. 2019a) to proliferate. Crucially, these data have the potential to explore past human-animal-landscape relationships, such as animal management (Finucane et al. 2006; Hamilton and Thomas 2012), anthropogenic mediated habitat change (Madgwick et al. 2013), and status (Sykes 2014:135), interactions which in turn give further insight into past human cultures and societies, how they thought and behaved.
Miller, H. (in press). Reconstructing Human-Animal-Environment Relationships at the Edge of the Roman World. In Isotope Research in Zooarchaeology : Methods, Applications, and Advances. Florida, USA: Florida University Press