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Tracking animals using strontium isotopes in teeth: the role of fallow deer (Dama dama) in Roman Britain

  • Naomi J. Sykes (a1), Judith White (a2), Tina E. Hayes (a3) and Martin R. Palmer (a3)

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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