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.

The Dinnersaurus at Oxford University Natural History Museum
Saturday 11th February 2017 - Naomi Sykes

The Tyrannosaurus rex: the first dinosaur whose name you remembered and the star of Jurassic Park. It lived for 2 million years at the end of the Cretaceous period.

Rise of the Dinnersaurus!
Sunday 29th January 2017 - Naomi Sykes

What do you know about chickens? You know nothing about chickens! And three years ago, neither did we.

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...

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University Park
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