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.
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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.

Monday 17th October 2016 - Tyr Fothergill

One strand of interdisciplinary activity taking place as part of the Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions project is a collaborative research endeavour using archaeological and historical evidence...

Chicken Project - Poultry in Motion Bournemouth University
Friday 1st July 2016 - Julia Best

One weekend in late June the Festival of Learning returned to Bournemouth University. The BU contingent set up a Chicken Project stand in the family open day, to introduce people to the past and present world of chickens.

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!”, “...

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