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Title: Celebrating Easter, Christmas and their associated alien fauna
Authors: Lauritsen, Malene
Fowler, Tom
Allen, Richard
Alves, Joel M.
Ameen, Carly
Irving-Pease, Evan
Larson, Greger
Murphy, Luke John
Outram, Alan
Pilgrim, Esther
Shaw, Philip A.
Sykes, Naomi
First Published: 1-Oct-2018
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: World Archaeology, 2018
Abstract: Easter and Christmas are the most important events in the Christian calendar. Despite their global reach and cultural significance astonishingly little is known about the festivals’ genesis. Equally obscure is our understanding of the animals that have come to be associated with these celebrations – notably the Christmas Turkey and the Easter ‘Bunny’ (brown hare and the European rabbit). Like Christianity, none of these animals are native to Britain and the timing and circumstances of their arrivals are poorly understood, often obfuscated by received wisdom. This paper firstly refines the bio-cultural histories of the species that, in contemporary Britain, form integral parts of Easter and Christmas festivities. Secondly, we celebrate the non-native species which have played such an important role in the creation of Britain’s cultural heritage.
DOI Link: 10.1080/00438243.2018.1515655
ISSN: 0043-8243
eISSN: 1470-1375
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2018. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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