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Animals

There is only partial data for this area from archaeology excavations of animal bones, but we do have some data for the chalk downlands and the “clay with flints” soils so widespread on the Froxfield plateau. This shows that there was a large increase in the percentage of cattle on all soil types from early to late Roman times and a corresponding decrease in sheep. More cattle were always reared on heavier soil types. The increase in cattle continued on into Saxon times with a small increase in pigs. Cows however were much smaller in Anglo Saxon time being thought to be the size of modern Dexter cattle. Most families also kept domestic fowl, chickens, geese, and goats.

Modern dexter cattle

Modern dexter cattle