Animal diaspora and culture change

Author(s): Holly Miller; Naomi Sykes

Year: 2015


Animal introductions are frequently equated with the introduction of new dietary ingredients; however, this paper will argue that access to 'meat' is seldom the motivation for the importation of exotic species. By examining a number of case-studies pertaining to Britain it will be proposed that many faunal introductions were both inspired by, and resulted in, social, economic and ideological change. Many species were associated with specific deities and because they were imported from beyond the 'known realms' of Britain, were viewed as cosmologically powerful. In this way, the arrival of new species brought real changes for human behaviour, impacting upon the way in which identities and relationships were negotiated.

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Animal diaspora and culture change. Naomi Sykes, Holly Miller. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395439)


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