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Fair game: exploring the dynamics, perception and environmental impact of ‘surplus’ wild foods in England 10kya-present

Sykes, Naomi

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Naomi Sykes



Abstract

This paper brings together zooarchaeological data from Neolithic to Post-medieval sites in England to explore the plasticity of cultural attitudes to the consumption of wild animals. It shows how, through time, game has been considered variously as ‘tabooed’ and ‘edible’, each having implications for patterns of biodiversity and wildlife management. The essential points being made are that deeper-time studies can reveal how human perceptions of ‘surplus foods’ have the potential to both create and remedy problems of environmental sustainability and food security. Perhaps more significantly, this paper argues that understanding the bio-cultural past of edible wild animal species has the potential to transform human attitudes to game in the present. This is important at a time when food security and the production of surplus are pressing national and global concerns.

Citation

Sykes, N. (in press). Fair game: exploring the dynamics, perception and environmental impact of ‘surplus’ wild foods in England 10kya-present. World Archaeology, 49(1), https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2016.1269666

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 1, 2016
Online Publication Date Jan 23, 2017
Deposit Date Jan 11, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jan 23, 2017
Journal World Archaeology
Print ISSN 0043-8243
Electronic ISSN 0043-8243
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 49
Issue 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2016.1269666
Keywords Wild resources, game, medieval, food security, edibility, taboo
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39769
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00438243.2016.1269666
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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