By Miranda Green
In Animals in Celtic existence and fable, Miranda eco-friendly attracts on facts from early Celtic files, archaeology and iconography to contemplate the style within which animals shaped the foundation of complex rituals and ideology. She finds that animals have been endowed with a really excessive prestige, thought of through the Celts as helpful of recognize and admiration.
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Iron Age Celts were therefore probably able to use milk in its liquid, unconverted form. They may, also, have made yoghurt and, despite Strabo’s comment about the Britons, it is almost certain that they produced cheese. In his Natural History, Pliny148 alludes to cheesemaking among the Gauls, and observes that the Romans ate cheese imported from the provinces, particularly from the area of Nîmes. He especially mentions goat’s cheese. 149 Butter may also have been made, and used in cooking and flavouring.
Paul Jenkins. At the Butser experimental farm, two of the slender, long-legged Dexter cattle were trained as a working pair for ploughing. 117 Reynolds has found that cattle are difficult to train and can be quite intractable, requiring a considerable period of handling before being introduced to each other, the yoke or the plough. What is interesting about the work at Butser is the conclusion that many plough teams may well have been cows rather than oxen, because they are more amenable to training.
But in addition, there is evidence that dogs were eaten,97 both on habitation sites and as part of ritual feasting, as at the sanctuary of Gournay (Oise). 99 There is evidence for cats in the British Iron Age, indeed the earliest record for the domestic cat in Britain. Cats, including a small kitten, lived at Danebury. At Gussage All Saints, there were several cats, mainly juveniles: five new-born kittens died here and were disposed of together. 16 Bronze mirror-handle with cat’s head terminal, first century BC to first century AD, Holcombe, Devon.