Welcome to Exploring the Easter E.g.: Shifting Baselines and Changing Perceptions of Cultural and Biological “Aliens”, a major AHRC-funded research project.
Easter is the most important event in the Christian calendar, yet little is known about the festival’s genesis, when it first appeared in Britain, the origins of its component customs – e.g. the gifting of eggs purportedly delivered by the Easter ‘bunny’ – or how they coalesced to form modern traditions.
Our team will explore these questions by integrating evidence from anthropology, (zoo)archaeology, (art)history, evolutionary biology, law, historical linguistics, natural history and religious studies.