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Ireland’s fallow deer: their historical, archaeological and biomolecular records

Beglane, Fiona; Baker, Karis; Carden, Ruth; Hoelzel, A. Rus; Lamb, Angela L.; Fhionnghaile, Rita Mhig; Miller, Holly; Sykes, Naomi

Authors

Fiona Beglane beglane.fiona@itsligo.ie

Karis Baker

Ruth Carden

A. Rus Hoelzel

Angela L. Lamb alla@bgs.ac.uk

Rita Mhig Fhionnghaile

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

Naomi Sykes



Abstract

The Anglo-Normans first introduced fallow deer (Dama dama) to Ireland in the thirteenth century, however no biomolecular research has previously been undertaken to examine the timing, circumstances and impact of the arrival of this species. This study combines historical, zooarchaeological, genetic and iso-topic data from both medieval and post-medieval samples to address this lack of research. The paper identifies a peak in the presence of fallow deer in Ireland between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, with a corresponding peak in documentary evidence for their presence in the thirteenth century. The deer are predominantly male, and from castle sites, supporting the historical evidence for their link with elite hunting. The English origin of the source populations shows correspondence between the documentary evidence, suggesting a western bias—and genetic evidence—with a similarity to southern and western England. Furthermore a stable isotope study identifies two possible first-generation imports, one dating from the medieval period and one from the post-medieval period.

Citation

Beglane, F., Baker, K., Carden, R., Hoelzel, A. R., Lamb, A. L., Fhionnghaile, R. M., …Sykes, N. (2018). Ireland’s fallow deer: their historical, archaeological and biomolecular records. Proceedings- Royal Irish Academy Section C Archaeology Celtic Studies History Linguistics and Literature, 118C, (1-25). doi:10.3318/priac.2018.118.01. ISSN 0035-8991

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 23, 2018
Publication Date May 31, 2018
Deposit Date Jul 24, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 24, 2018
Journal Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy: Archaeology, Culture, History, Literature
Electronic ISSN 0035-8991
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 118C
Pages 1-25
DOI https://doi.org/10.3318/priac.2018.118.01
Keywords Deer, Historical archaeology, Bones, Haplotypes, Zooarchaeology, Isotopes, Irish history, Castles, Fallowing
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/53095
Publisher URL https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3318/priac.2018.118.01
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