In ancient times it was customary to bury chickens with humans instead of eating them
Cambridge: In today’s world, chicken is the most important source of food in the form of eggs and meat, but a new study has revealed that this bird, which is eaten in every region of the world, was once considered highly respected.
According to the International News Agency, an international team of researchers has examined the remains of chickens discovered in more than 600 places in 89 countries, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Turkey, Morocco and Thailand.
The study found that chickens were first raised in Southeast Asia 3,500,000 years ago before they were bred in Europe.
Poultry rearing began with the cultivation of dry rice, which led to the emergence of modern-day chicken ancestors in 1500 BC. Earlier, chickens were considered a wonder because they came from another country.
Research has shown that ancient humans were also buried with chickens, indicating that humans at that time considered chickens to be a creature that helped carry human souls to the next world.
A team of researchers from the University of Exeter, Cardiff, Oxford, Bournemouth, Munich and Toulouse found that chickens were considered too rare or too important to be eaten before 1500 BC.
Professor Noam Sykes, of the University of Exeter, author of the study, published in two journals, Antiquity and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, said that eating chickens was so common that people Thinks it never happened that we never ate it.
“Evidence from research shows that our rituals with chickens were very complicated and for centuries chickens were respected,” he said.