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Deer and People (Paperback)

P&S History > Archaeology > Zoology & Archaeozoology

Edited by Karis Baker, Edited by Ruth Carden, Edited by Richard Madgwick
Imprint: Windgather Press
Pages: 248
Illustrations: b/w and col. illustrations
ISBN: 9781909686540
Published: 19th November 2014
Casemate UK Academic


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Deer have been central to human cultures throughout time and space: whether as staples to hunter-gatherers, icons of Empire, or the focus of sport. Their social and economic importance has seen some species transported across continents, transforming landscape as they went with the establishment of menageries and park. The fortunes of other species have been less auspicious, some becoming extirpated, or being in threat of extinction, due to pressures of over-hunting and/or human-instigated environmental change. In spite of their diverse, deep-rooted and long standing relations with human societies, no multi-disciplinary volume of research on cervids has until now been produced. This volume draws together research on deer from wide-ranging disciplines and in so doing substantially advances our broader understanding of human-deer relationships in the past and the present. Themes include species dispersal, exploitation patterns, symbolic significance, material culture and art, effects on the landscape and management. The temporal span of research ranges from the Pleistocene to the modern day and covers Europe, North America and Asia. Papers derived from international conferences held at the University of Lincoln and in Paris.

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About Karis Baker

Karis Baker is Post-doctoral Research Associate in the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Durham. She is currently working on an AHRC-funded project entitled “Dama International: Fallow Deer and European Society”.

About Ruth Carden

Ruth Carden is a post-doctoral researcher at University College Cork,working on the FORDEER project which will investigate how deer use forests in Ireland.

About Richard Madgwick

Richard Madgwick is a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University. He is currently working on the 3 year project Reconstructing the Feasts of Late Neolithic Britain.

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