By Miranda Green
In Animals in Celtic lifestyles and fable, Miranda eco-friendly attracts on proof from early Celtic records, archaeology and iconography to contemplate the way within which animals shaped the root of problematic rituals and ideology. She unearths that animals have been endowed with an exceptionally excessive prestige, thought of via the Celts as valuable of admire and admiration.
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8 Silvered bronze brooch in the form of a horse’s and a ram’s head, fourth century BC, Dürrnburg, Hallein, Austria. Length: 4cm. Paul Jenkins. work at Butser have contributed greatly to our understanding of the raising and management of sheep. 48 But if the wide-ranging Soay sheep were allowed to wander at will, then the new arable crop would have been in jeopardy from grazing, so there must have been some control or corralling system to protect the fields. 49 Analysis of the faunal remains at Danebury shows that more than 70 per cent of the animals kept by the hillfort community were sheep.
70cm. Miranda Green. teenth century. 31 The Butser experiment set out to create a farm which reflects as closely as possible the agricultural techniques and the species of animals and crops of southern England during the later first millennium BC. As far as cattle are concerned, Peter Reynolds has answered a number of fundamental questions about the tending, management and exploitation of these beasts. A major problem of cattle-maintenance is water-supply: a cow will consume as much as an average of 16 gallons of water a day.
Other farm animals Deer It is usual to classify deer as a wild species, hunted both for sport and to protect arable land from its depredations (chapter 3). But the bones of red and roe deer found on some habitation sites could represent something more than sporadic hunting. The so-called ranch boundaries of later prehistoric Britain could reflect deer management as well as cattle-herding. 83 Chickens and other birds Domestic fowls were known in Hallstatt and La Tène times in temperate Europe: remains of chickens dating to the sixth century BC have been found at the Hallstatt stronghold of the Heuneberg in Germany.
Animals in Celtic Life and Myth by Miranda Green