About the Project

Chickens (also known as 'domestic fowl') are native to South East Asia but, today, they have a worldwide distribution. Their diffusion is almost entirely due to human-assisted transportation and, as such, their natural history is a reflection of human history.

Given the social significance of this species (whether as a provider of foodstuffs, their widespread use in cock-fighting or within magic and medicine) and their growing popularity as domestic pets, a detailed analysis of their natural and cultural history in the West is long overdue.

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Meet the team providing the project's specialisms and expertise.
Search for chicken bones retrieved from archaeological contexts using our database.
View our list of related publications by project team members.
Throughout time, chickens have been the inspiration for artistic endevours - a tradition that we wish to continue.

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Project Blog

Explore the latest project events and discoveries via our blog articles.

Saturday 12th March 2016 - Naomi Sykes

In 2013, when we started our project researching human-chicken interactions over the last 8,000 years, we were lambasted by the press, in particular the red-tops, who couldn’t resist the puns: “What a bird-brained project!”, “...

Monday 1st February 2016 - Julia Best

At the end of January the team met in Nottingham for a project meeting. The day was immensely busy and successful.

Portrait of a Chicken
Saturday 31st October 2015 - Elena Lazutkaite

I am a PhD student interested in the social construction and representation of chickens. In other words, what interests me is the way we talk (write) about chickens.

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University Park
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