We do our best here at Poultry World, but freely admit that we can’t get to everything. And the Vindolanda Roman Fort museum on Hadrian’s wall open day on chicken/human interaction over the course of history was one we sorely regret missing.
Visitors to the free event, held in November, were treated to interactive talks, handling sessions, workshops, art and craft activities and experiments all surrounding the humble jungle fowl.
Academics from across the country converged at the museum to discuss hot topics such as the role of chickens in human health and the period over which their legs turned from grey to yellow.
One organiser told local paper The Journal that chicken’s cultural significance was on par with Stonehenge’s. Another said excavations of Iron Age graves had found people buried with what was probably their favorite chicken.