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The History of British Birds

Derek Yalden and Umberto Albarella


Birds, in contrast to mammals, are thought to have fragile bones, which are difficult to identify when found, so have no useful archaeological record. This book is based on an accumulation of over 9,000 records of species identified from sites in the British Isles, which indicates that the contrary is true. The difficulties of identification are discussed, but 9,000 records is a substantial body of evidence, which is reviewed. The book summarizes the archaeological record of birds in the British Isles, and integrates this factual basis into an overview of the history of the bird fauna in these ... More

Keywords: British Isles, archaeology, history, faunal balance, eagle owls, white-tailed eagles, cranes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199217519
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217519.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Yalden, author
University of Manchester, UK

Umberto Albarella, author
University of Sheffield, UK