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Dead or alive?: investigating long-distance transport of live fallow deer and their body parts in antiquity

Miller, Holly; Carden, Ruth F.; Evans, Jane; Lamb, Angela L.; Madgwick, Richard; Osborne, David; Symmons, Robert; Sykes, Naomi

Authors

HOLLY MILLER Holly.Miller@nottingham.ac.uk
Assistant Professor in Zooarchaeology_*d

Ruth F. Carden

Jane Evans

Angela L. Lamb alla@bgs.ac.uk

Richard Madgwick

David Osborne

Robert Symmons

Naomi Sykes



Abstract

The extent to which breeding populations of fallow deer were established in Roman Europe has been obscured by the possibility that the skeletal remains of the species, in particular Dama foot bones and antlers, were traded over long distances as objects in their own right. This paper sets out to refine our understanding of the evidence for the transportation of living and dead fallow deer in Iron Age and Roman Europe. To achieve this, museum archives containing purportedly early examples of Dama antler were searched, with available specimens sampled for carbon, nitrogen and strontium isotope analyses, and compared with data for archaeological fallow deer from across Europe. Importantly, the resulting isotope values can be interpreted in light of new modern baseline data for fallow deer presented here. Together these multi-isotope results for modern and archaeological fallow deer provide a more critical perspective on the transportation of fallow deer and their body parts in antiquity.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Environmental Archaeology
Print ISSN 1461-4103
Electronic ISSN 1749-6314
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Miller, H., Carden, R. F., Evans, J., Lamb, A. L., Madgwick, R., Osborne, D., …Sykes, N. (in press). Dead or alive?: investigating long-distance transport of live fallow deer and their body parts in antiquity. Environmental Archaeology, 21(3), doi:10.1179/1749631414Y.0000000043
DOI https://doi.org/10.1179/1749631414Y.0000000043
Keywords Roman Britain; Fallow deer; Damadama; Carbon isotopes; Nitrogen isotopes; Strontium isotopes
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1179/1749631414Y.0000000043
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