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.

Project Blog

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

Thursday 10th August 2017 - Naomi Sykes

We know that chickens descend from red junglefowl of East Asia (with a little bit of those yellow-legged grey junglefowl) but we are still a little uncertain about the timing and circumstances of the chicken’s domestication…...

Monday 31st July 2017 - Naomi Sykes

This is a grey junglefowl, which is on display at the Oxford University Natural History Museum.

Thursday 27th July 2017 - Naomi Sykes

If you're heading to Oxford, why not download this mini-chicken trail!

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University Park
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