Thursday, December 20th, 2007
Archaeology magazine has compiled its top 10 finds of the year. I’m delighted to see that chickens made the list. Chickens: is there anything they can’t do?
Scholars have long assumed the Spaniards first introduced chickens to the New World along with horses, pigs, and cattle. But now radiocarbon dating and DNA analysis of a chicken bone excavated from a site in Chile suggest Polynesians in oceangoing canoes brought chickens to the west coast of South America well before Europe’s “Age of Discovery.”