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Urban Animals: Human-Poultry Relationships in Later Post-Medieval Belfast

By B. Tyr Fothergill

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Live animals were a ubiquitous feature of post-medieval cities and provided a variety of products to a broad cross-section of society. Poultry species were portable and accessible to people of modest means. Yet, the quotidian presence of poultry contrasts with the lack of attention to urban animal husbandry. Zooarchaeological data from the faunal assemblage from St. Anne’s Square, a 0.77 ha seventeenth to early twentieth-century site in Belfast, combined with historical legislation, court records, and news sheets held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland reveal the complexity of and contradictions implicit in poultry-human relationships in Belfast and nearby areas.


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Date 2016
Publication Title International Journal of Historical Archaeology
ISBN/ISSN 1092-7697
Publisher Springer Verlag
DOI 10.1007/s10761-016-0331-z
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal fighting
  2. Animal husbandry
  3. Animals in culture
  4. Birds
  5. Poultry
  6. urban areas
  7. Women