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From icon of empire to national emblem: new evidence for the fallow deer of Barbuda

Perdikaris, Sophia; Bain, Allison; Baker, Karis; Grouard, Sandrine; Gonzalez, Edith; Hoelzel, A. Rus; Miller, Holly; Sykes, Naomi

Authors

Sophia Perdikaris

Allison Bain

Karis Baker

Sandrine Grouard

Edith Gonzalez

A. Rus Hoelzel

Holly Miller

Naomi Sykes



Abstract

Barbuda and Antigua's national animal is the fallow deer, Dama dama dama, a species native to the eastern Mediterranean that has been transported around the world by people during the last 8,000 years. The timing and circumstances by which fallow deer came to be established on Barbuda are currently uncertain but, by examining documentary, osteological and genetic evidence, this paper will consider the validity of existing theories. It will review the dynamics of human-Dama relationships from the 1500s AD to the present day and consider how the meaning attached to this species has changed through time: from a symbol of colonial authority and dominance, to a 'walking larder' after the slave emancipation of 1834, and now an important part of the island's economy and cultural heritage that requires careful management.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Environmental Archaeology
Print ISSN 1461-4103
Electronic ISSN 1749-6314
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Perdikaris, S., Bain, A., Baker, K., Grouard, S., Gonzalez, E., Hoelzel, A. R., …Sykes, N. (in press). From icon of empire to national emblem: new evidence for the fallow deer of Barbuda. Environmental Archaeology, https://doi.org/10.1080/14614103.2017.1349027
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14614103.2017.1349027
Keywords Barbuda; Fallow deer; history; DNA; osteometrics; Zooarchaeology
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14614103.2017.1349027
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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