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Wild to domestic and back again: the dynamics of fallow deer management in medieval England (c.11th-16th century AD)

Sykes, Naomi; Ayton, Gema; Bowen, Frazer; Baker, Karis; Baker, Polydora; Carden, Ruth F.; Dicken, Craig Arthur; Evans, Jane; Hoelzel, A. Rus; Higham, Thomas F.G.; Jones, Richard; Lamb, Angela L.; Liddiard, Robert; Madgwick, Richard; Miller, Holly; Rainsford, Clare; Sawyer, Peta; Thomas, Richard; Ward, Christopher; Worley, Fay


Naomi Sykes

Gema Ayton

Frazer Bowen

Karis Baker

Polydora Baker

Ruth F. Carden

Craig Arthur Dicken

Jane Evans

A. Rus Hoelzel

Thomas F.G. Higham

Richard Jones

Angela L. Lamb

Robert Liddiard

Richard Madgwick

Assistant Professor in Zooarchaeology

Clare Rainsford

Peta Sawyer

Richard Thomas

Christopher Ward

Fay Worley


This paper presents the results of the first comprehensive scientific study of the fallow deer, a non-native species whose medieval-period introduction to Britain transformed the cultural landscape. It brings together data from traditional zooarchaeological analyses with those derived from new ageing techniques as well as the results of a programme of radiocarbon dating, multi-element isotope studies and genetic analyses. These new data are here integrated with historical and landscape evidence to examine changing patterns of fallow deer translocation and management in medieval England between the 11th and 16th century AD.


Sykes, N., Ayton, G., Bowen, F., Baker, K., Baker, P., Carden, R. F., …Worley, F. (2016). Wild to domestic and back again: the dynamics of fallow deer management in medieval England (c.11th-16th century AD). Science and Technology of Archaeological Research, 2(1), 113-126.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 21, 2016
Online Publication Date Jul 20, 2016
Publication Date Jul 20, 2016
Deposit Date Jul 24, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 24, 2018
Journal STAR: Science & Technology of Archaeological Research
Electronic ISSN 2054-8923
Publisher Taylor & Francis Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 1
Pages 113-126
Keywords Medieval; Parks; Fallow deer; Genetics; Isotope analysis; Zooarchaeology
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