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date: 16 October 2019

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This article discusses the exploitation of wild fauna in late medieval Britain. It outlines the prevalent trends in the presence and exploitation of the most important wild mammals, birds, and exotics which feature in the archaeology of late medieval sites. The period following the Norman Conquest saw the introduction of a new elite hunting culture which, in turn, resulted in the proliferation of imported exotics, in particular fallow deer and rabbits, alongside the gradual decline and in some cases extirpation of indigenous species such as the beaver and wolf. Above all, the exploitation of wild species was linked to the construction of elite social identities.

Keywords: hunting, parks, forests, deer, rabbits, falconry, exotics

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