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Birds and beasts in Roman Britain

In Roman Britain, cattle sheep, pigs and chickens were farmed for meat, leather, wool, milk and eggs. Horses were used for transport and oxen were used to pull ploughs. Cats were kept to keep down rats and mice, and Britain was famous for its hunting dogs.

The Romans enjoyed hunting animals like bears, wild boars, deer and wolves. Sometimes Britons would get a glimpse of exotic animals, like lions, which were brought into the country by ship for gladiatorial shows.

A map of Roman Britain