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Family Chicken Day - Festival of Learning

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.

We tried to keep a count of everyone coming into our activities, however, it got exceedingly busy. We estimate, from rough counts and the stickers placed on our "chicken of leaning" that around 300 people engaged with our feathered friends!
Photo courtesy of @SquidgeandmePhoto courtesy of @Squidgeandme
Armed with archaeological bones and eggshell, modern skeletons, magnetic quiz display boards and ancient recipes people were taken on a journey from the chicken's domestication through to their role in our lives and economies today.

The younger (and several older!) participants enjoyed the hands-on activities!

Here we are set up and ready to go, our first visitors are arriving. We have tables for looking at chickens as food past and present, arranging skeletons, sorting archaeological sieving residues to find eggshell, microscopes to look at the eggs, archaeological bones to look for spurs and medullary bone (a mineral deposit found in egg-laying females), and boards to explore chicken origins, ancient DNA, Roman uses of chickens in medicine, and pin the artefact on the period!
Chicken Project - Poultry in Motion Bournemouth University

Getting a bit busy!
Chicken Project - Poultry in Motion Bournemouth University

Exploring the sieving residues, looking at chickens as food, and guessing the sometimes rather horrible roman uses of chickens in health cures!
Chicken Project - Poultry in Motion Bournemouth University

Chicken Project - Poultry in Motion Bournemouth University

Finding eggshell to take to the microscope (our visitors also found fish bones and oystershells).
Chicken Project - Poultry in Motion Bournemouth University

An egg-citing station:
Chicken Project - Poultry in Motion Bournemouth University

A wonderful, if very busy, day was had!

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