The Use of Animals at Roman Roadside Settlements in Britain: contextualizing some new results from Ware, Hertfordshire

Wright, Elizabeth and Tecce, Sofia and Albarella, Umberto. (2019) The Use of Animals at Roman Roadside Settlements in Britain: contextualizing some new results from Ware, Hertfordshire. Oxford journal of archaeology, 38 (3). pp. 343-376.

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Recent analysis of a large faunal assemblage from a Roman roadside settlement at Ware, Hertfordshire has indicated potentially strong links between the nature of animal exploitation on site and its location on Ermine Street. Animal husbandry was focused on the production of cattle and sheep, both of which experienced stock 'improvement' by the late Roman period. Relatively high proportions of horse, and the presence of young horses, suggest the importance of this animal and the potential for its local breeding; the site could have acted as a station for changing or selling horses. The presence of marine fish and black rat also indicate clear links to the wider trade network. This was not an isolated settlement, outside the sphere of Roman influence, as rural Roman sites are often considered to be, but well-connected to wider economic networks. This paper places these new results in context, by providing a review of faunal assemblages from Roman roadside settlements across Britain. The review indicates that most of the characteristics of animal exploitation at Ware are shared with other roadside settlement sites, though interesting differences also emerge.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Umweltwissenschaften > Archäozoologie (Schibler)
UniBasel Contributors:Wright, Elizabeth Lizzie E
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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