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Featured Research Project: Going Places: Empowering Women, Enhancing Heritage and Increasing Chicken Production in Ethiopia

Posted by vs156 at Mar 09, 2017 09:20 AM |
The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities featured research project this quarter (March 2017) involves Richard Thomas (School of Archaeology and Ancient History) as Co-Investigator.

The Project

Going Places: Empowering Women, Enhancing Heritage and Increasing Chicken Production in Ethiopia is an eight-month Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Large Grant Innovation Award (£205,000) that brings together a team of archaeologists, anthropologists and geneticists from four different universities in the UK, to conduct female-centred cultural/scientific research into chicken husbandry, past and present, to support Ethiopia's future economic/heritage development.

The primary aim of the project is to empower women and ensure their centrality in the future development of Ethiopia's poultry industry. The project team will do this by exploring the context, practices and challenges faced by female poultry keepers in Ethiopia today and placing these in a deep-time perspective, through the analysis of the archaeology of chicken keeping - examining the material culture and the remains of the birds themselves.

The team will also work collaboratively with the British Museum and the National Museum of Ethiopia to develop educational resources to support heritage development in the country.

Further details about the project, including the abstract, are available on the Gateways to Research website.

Richard Thomas (Co-Investigator)

Richard ThomasDr Richard Thomas, Reader in Archaeology, has worked in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester since 2003.

His research interests include the reconstruction of past human-animal relationships, predominantly in the historic period, and animal palaeopathology (the study of animal health and disease in the past).

For more information, please visit Dr Thomas' staff page.

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