Laura Taylor, University of Nottingham
When did chickens go north? A zooarchaeological investigation of the arrival and impact of chicken in northern England.
Modern ethnographic studies have shown that chickens have the capacity to influence human lives. For my dissertation I am investigating the timing, circumstances and impact of the chicken’s arrival in midland and northern England. To achieve this I will first undertake a literature survey to highlight the earliest specimens and the contexts in which they found in (burial, ritual etc). In addition to this data synthesis I will undertake original analysis of at least one Iron Age/Roman assemblage, assessing it for butchery evidence, size, age and sex patterns in order to determine the role of chickens in this period. My overarching aim is to examine how the arrival of chickens might have shaped Iron Age and Roman society.