Sykes, Naomi, White, Judith, Hayes, Tina and Palmer, Martin
Tracking animals using strontium isotopes in teeth: the role of fallow deer (Dama dama) in Roman Britain.
Antiquity, 80, (310), .
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Using strontium isotope measurements on the teeth of fallow deer found at Fishbourne, the authors argue that these elegant creatures were first introduced into Britain as a gift to the Romanised aristocracy. Kept and bred in a special enclosure at the palace, they provided more than a status symbol and gastronomic treat: the fallow deer was an emblem of Empire.
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