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Uncovering the Transatlantic History of Turkey Husbandry and Breeding using a Multi-Disciplinary Approach

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2019-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF YORK UK (YORK NORTH YORKSHIRE) coordinator 195˙454.00


 Project objective

For 2000 years, turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) have been kept and raised by indigenous cultures in North and Central America. In the late 15C, European travellers 'discovered' turkeys and quickly introduced them to Europe and beyond. Their popularity has only increased over time, and in both continents, turkeys are now the most commonly raised bird after chicken. Investigations into the emergence of turkey breeding are fundamental to understanding the evolving economic and symbolic relationships between humans and this iconic bird, as well as to provide historical challenges: first, the diversity of the specimens introduced in Europe (subspecies involved, geographic origin) is unknown; second, the diversity of morphologically similar birds raised in the same time (chicken, guinea fowl, peacock) hamper the recognition of early turkeys from America. This research project will pair the zooarchaeological and morphometrics expertise of the applicant, Aurélie Manin, with the biomolecular specialists in the BioArCh group at the University of York, UK, to document and explore turkey husbandry practices in Western Europe from 15C to 19C and its integration in pre-existing backyards. Using combined morphometric and biomolecular analyses this project will: 1) document the origins and intensity of turkey breeding in Europe; and 2) explore the changing socio-economic role of turkeys as they spread through modern Western Europe. Fundamentally, the results of this research will address both archaeological and food production issues by exploring the history of turkey husbandry and providing important data on the evolution of modern breeds, management practices and the resilience of modern poultry industry.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Aurelie Manin
Archéozoologie, géochimie et concepts de domestication en Mésoamérique – Zooarchaeology, geochemistry, and concepts of domestication in Mesoamerica
published pages: 141-154, ISSN: , DOI:
Annales de la Fondation Fyssen 2020-01-29
2018 Aurelie Manin, Christine Lefevre
Uso material y simbólico de los animals en Vista Hermosa
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Vista Hermosa. Nobles, artesanos y mercaderes en los confines del mundo huasteco. Estudio arqueológico de un sitio posclásico tardio del municipio de Nuevo Morelos, Tamaulipas, México, vol.3. 2020-01-29
2018 Aurelie Manin
Animales Sagrados
published pages: 65-69, ISSN: , DOI:
Ciudad Perdida. Raices de los soberanos Tarascos 2020-01-29
2018 Máire Ní Leathlobhair, Angela R. Perri, Evan K. Irving-Pease, Kelsey E. Witt, Anna Linderholm, James Haile, Ophelie Lebrasseur, Carly Ameen, Jeffrey Blick, Adam R. Boyko, Selina Brace, Yahaira Nunes Cortes, Susan J. Crockford, Alison Devault, Evangelos A. Dimopoulos, Morley Eldridge, Jacob Enk, Shyam Gopalakrishnan, Kevin Gori, Vaughan Grimes, Eric Guiry, Anders J. Hansen, Ardern Hulme-Beaman, J
The evolutionary history of dogs in the Americas
published pages: 81-85, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aao4776
Science 361/6397 2020-01-29
2018 Marion Forest, Elsa Jadot, Aurelie Manin
Vivir en el Malpais: arqueologia de las unidades habitacionales
published pages: 37-43, ISSN: , DOI:
Ciudad Perdida. Raices de los soberanos Tarascos 2020-01-29
2018 Aurélie Manin, Morgane Ollivier, Fabiola Bastian, Antoine Zazzo, Olivier Tombret, Juan Carlos Equihua Manrique, Christine Lefèvre
Can we identify the Mexican hairless dog in the archaeological record? Morphological and genetic insights from Tizayuca, Basin of Mexico
published pages: 128-136, ISSN: 0305-4403, DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2018.08.008
Journal of Archaeological Science 98 2020-01-29

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