Changes in the size and shape of fallow deer—evidence for the movement and management of a species
Article first published online: 24 JAN 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume 23, Issue 1, pages 55–68, January/February 2013
How to Cite
Sykes, N., Carden, R. F. and Harris, K. (2013), Changes in the size and shape of fallow deer—evidence for the movement and management of a species. Int. J. Osteoarchaeol., 23: 55–68. doi: 10.1002/oa.1239
- Issue published online: 24 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 24 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 10 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Received: 10 MAR 2010
- fallow deer;
- log ratios;
- size change
The European fallow deer (Dama dama dama) is native to the eastern Mediterranean and whilst it is clear that its dispersion from this region was the result of human transportation, the timing and circumstances of its post-glacial diffusion are still uncertain. Archaeological fallow deer remains offer perhaps the best opportunity to understand the deep history of the species, with measurements of ancient bones providing important information about an individual's sex and size. Unfortunately, the fragmentary nature of archaeological remains means that metrical samples are usually too small to draw any meaningful conclusions. Biometrical scaling techniques can increase the size of the sample available for comparison and in this paper log ratios are used in combination with traditional metrical analysis to provide new information about archaeological fallow deer populations, in particular highlighting the size variations across time and space and shifts in hunting and management practices. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.