Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The History of British Birds$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Derek Yalden and Umberto Albarella

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199217519

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217519.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 19 September 2019

Veni, Vidi, Vici

Veni, Vidi, Vici

(p.95) 5 Veni, Vidi, Vici
The History of British Birds

D. W. Yalden

U. Albarella

Oxford University Press

The arrival of the Romans, tentatively in 55-54 BC and more permanently from 43 AD, saw an established economy in southern Britain based on farming. With villas, forts, and farms, there is a wealth of archaeological sites and records of birds. The Romans seem to have eaten a wide range of wild birds, including woodcock, plovers, grey partridge, crane, ducks, and geese, but the raven is a prominent symbolic presence and they also exploited domestic species. Farmyard fowl, originally domesticated in China, reached Britain in the late Iron Age but became common from Roman times onwards, as did geese. Perhaps ducks and doves were also domesticated by them, and they had both pheasant and peafowl. Outwith the Roman province (in northern Scotland and Ireland), seabirds, rare at Roman sites, remained common prey of humans.

Keywords:   Roman, raven, domestic fowl, domestic goose, pheasant, peacock

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .