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Re: Evidence of rabbit

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Mon, 14 Mar 2005 10:27:40 -0000

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Hi Naomi (and David), what about the scapula from Southampton? Of course its
very rarity continues to support the pre-Norman absence but it is an
interesting one - deep in a well on site 7, we always used to say it was
from a French trader's lunchbox!
Sheila
SH-D ArchaeoZoology
http://www.shd-archzoo.co.uk/
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From: "naomi.sykes" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, March 14, 2005 9:09 AM
Subject: Re: [ZOOARCH] Evidence of rabbit


Hi David,

There are purported examples from across the country but all must be viewed
with a certain level of scepticism, unless their context and dating has been
confirmed -  intrusion and misidentification are a big problem. In my
case-study of Sussex and Hampshire - where all reported examples were
re-analysed - none of the pre-1150 were confirmed to be archaeological
rabbits. The earliest proven specimen dated to the mid- to late- twelfth
century, which fits well with the bulk of the historical evidence and is
also supported by the recent volume....

Callou, C. 2003. De la garenne au clapier : étude archéozoologique du lapin
en Europe occidentale. (Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle ;
Tome 189) Paris : Publications Scientifiques du Muséum.

I am still open to the possibility that rabbits were imported (possibly on
multiple occassions) prior to becoming established in this country, and I
would definitely be interested to hear more about your findings.

If you haven't already seen it, it's worth giving Warry (1988) a read. He
argues that the rabbit has a great antiquity in Britain and their presence
has simply been overlooked due to issues of folk taxonomy - that both
rabbits and hares were recorded as 'Lepus'. A good point but I'm afraid
Bond's (1988) counter-argument seems more probable..

Warry, J. 1988. The Ancient History of Rabbits. The local Historian 18,
13-15.

Bond, J. 1988. Rabbits: the case for their Medieval introduction in Britain.
The Local Historian, 18, 53-57.

If you have any trouble getting hold of these I can send you copies.

All the best,

Naomi

---------------------
Dr Naomi Sykes,
Centre for Applied Archaeological Analyses,
School of Humanities (Archaeology)
University of Southampton,
SO17 1BJ.

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