Fallow deer (Dama dama dama) management in Roman South-East Britain

  • Richard Madgwick
  • Naomi Sykes
  • Holly Miller
  • Rob Symmons
  • James Morris
  • Angela Lamb
Original Paper


This paper presents new carbon, nitrogen and sulphur isotope data for European fallow deer (Dama dama dama) in Roman Britain and discusses results in light of evidence from classical texts, landscape archaeology, zooarchaeology and the limited available samples of metric data. The new isotope data presented here are from Fishbourne Roman Palace (Sussex), two sites on the Isle of Thanet (Kent) and a further two sites in London. In spite of small sample sizes the data make an important contribution to the very limited corpus of scientific research on the species and provide new resolution to the nature of fallow deer movement and management in Roman Britain.


Fallow deer Stable isotopes Roman Britain Biogeography Management 



This research was conducted as part of the Dama International Project, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (standard grant no. AH/I026456/1). We are grateful to Rhiannon Stevens for her opinions on the data presented in this paper and to the two anonymous reviewers. Thanks also go to Lena Strid and Rebecca Nicholson for submitting and providing information on the samples from the East Kent Access Road. Data from Monkton, previously published by Sykes et al. (2011a) was acquired through a radiocarbon dating project funded by the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Dating Service.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of History, Archaeology and ReligionCardiff UniversityCardiffUK
  2. 2.Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  3. 3.Fishbourne Roman PalaceWest SussexUK
  4. 4.Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of Central LancashirePrestonUK
  5. 5.NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory, Kingsley Dunham CentreBritish Geological SurveyNottinghamUK

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