Zooarchaeology of the Roman-Saxon transition

Sheeran, Lucy (2016) Zooarchaeology of the Roman-Saxon transition. MRes thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

The period between the Roman withdrawal from Britain and the beginning of the Anglo-Saxon period is a time of social, cultural, and political change. It was once referred to as the ‘dark ages’ due to the limited understanding we have of this period.

Animals play an important role in human life, as they are used for numerous daily functions, they can provided food, clothing, labor and other resources. Recently there has been an acknowledgement that the social relationships humans have with animals can represent culture, and the changes seen in the zooarchaeological context can aid with answering some of the questions we have about the ‘dark ages’.

It is based on this idea of animals reflecting past cultures that this study is conducted. By looking at different zooarchaeological assemblages from the Roman and Anglo-Saxon period across Britain it is possible to see any changes in the animals that are being used onsite. This can help us to understand what impact the Roman withdrawal had on these sites in Britain, and how quickly did the Anglo-Saxon identity take ahold.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (MRes)
Supervisors: Sykes, Naomi
Keywords: Zooarchaeology, Human-animal relationships, animal remains, archaeology, Roman-Saxon Britain
Subjects: C Auxiliary sciences of history > CC Archaeology
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
Item ID: 38951
Depositing User: Sheeran, Lucy
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2016 06:40
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 06:40
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/38951

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