Poultry in Motion: Chickens and Other Domestic Birds in Post-Medieval Cities

Author(s): Brooklynne Fothergill

Year: 2013


Chickens, turkeys and other domestic avian taxa were brought to and sold at city markets, kept by city-dwellers for various products and contributed to the general sensory experience of being in a city. Unlike other livestock, poultry were inexpensive and possible to husband successfully within the confined spaces characteristic of city life. Little is known about poultry husbandry in the post-medieval period apart from what can be gleaned from documentary sources and research has been limited to well-documented areas (e.g. Norfolk) and trends (e.g. Christmas, herding, etc.). This has resulted in the neglect of day-to-day aspects of poultry-keeping, yet these are aspects that should be visible within the archaeological record. This paper will introduce a planned new research project into the husbandry and welfare of domestic birds in the post-medieval period and outline some of the archaeological evidence for the keeping of chickens and other poultry species within cities.

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Poultry in Motion: Chickens and Other Domestic Birds in Post-Medieval Cities. Brooklynne Fothergill. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428220)

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Temporal Keywords
AD 1500-1900

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 272