Luke John Murphy's research while affiliated with University of Iceland and other places

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The rise of social zooarchaeology and the so-called ‘animal turn’ in the humanities both reflect a growing interest in the interactions of humans and non-human animals. This comparative archaeological study contributes to this interdisciplinary field by investigating the ways in which successive human cultures employed religion to conceptualise and...
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No other animal has a closer mutualistic relationship with humans than the dog (Canis familiaris). Domesticated from the Eurasian grey wolf (Canis lupus), dogs have evolved alongside humans over millennia in a relationship that has transformed dogs and the environments in which humans and dogs have co-inhabited. The story of the dog is the story of...
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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 ‘Bun...

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... Some South American canids fulfill the criteria for becoming domesticated but they have not been domesticated (Segura & Sánchez-Villagra, 2021). Likewise, multidisciplinary teams have explained how a dog-centred perspective can provide an insightful view to understand human cultural transformation and health in history (Sykes et al., 2020). ...
... Furthermore, Lauritsen et al. (2018) refer that little is known about the genesis of the events and the reason why turkey is associated with Christmas. In many cultures, the importance of cattle goes beyond consumption. ...