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Hens, health and husbandry: integrated approaches to past poultry-keeping in England

Fothergill, B.Tyr, Best, Julia ORCID:, Foster, Alison and Demarchi, Beatrice 2017. Hens, health and husbandry: integrated approaches to past poultry-keeping in England. Open Quaternary 3 (5) , pp. 1-25. 10.5334/oq.34

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health through integrating analyses of chicken skeletal remains and eggshell from five archaeological sites in England (Fishbourne Roman Palace, Flixborough, Lyminge, Princesshay, and Uley). In addition to standardised archaeozoological study, over 10,400 chicken elements from these sites were subjected to palaeopathological and metrical analyses to clarify the relationship between husbandry methods and signs of disease and injury. Radiographic examination contributed to differential diagnosis of lesions and identification of medullary bone in complete appendicular elements. Eggshell examination was conducted on material from Flixborough using Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry and Scanning Electron Microscopy to identify species and developmental stage. Combined, these techniques demonstrate previously-unknown patterns of egg production and consumption. By integrating these approaches, our results reveal previously unconsidered aspects of chicken husbandry and illuminate the broader value and social impact of past chicken-human relationships from the first millennium AD.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
ISSN: 2055-298X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 8 August 2017
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 20:22

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