Chickens: their spread and impact in western Europe

This source preferred by Mark Maltby

Authors: Maltby, M., Sykes, N. and Thomas, R.

Start date: 13 January 2013

The diffusion of chickens to the West has received much less consideration than their spread to the Americas. Given the cultural significance of these exotic birds (as providers of meat, eggs or feathers, their use in cockfighting or their association with ritual, magic and medicine), a detailed analysis of the natural and cultural history of chickens is long overdue. Using examples drawn mainly from Britain, this paper will discuss the potential of trans-disciplinary research (including archaeology, anthropology, (art) history, genetics and stable isotope analysis) to investigate the history and impact of the spread of chicken into western Europe.

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