Archeologists May Have Discovered the First City to Raise & Eat Chickens

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If you’re serving up chicken for dinner tonight, give a quick thank you to the people of Maresha, a city on the trade route between Jerusalem and Egypt.

Archeologists now think they were the first people to raise chickens primarily for food instead of for cockfighting or religious ceremonies.

What lead archeologists to this theory? At the dig at Maresha, they discovered a larger-than-normal quantity of chicken bones with marks on them made by knives or other utensils. At other sites from the same time period, only scattered chicken bones were found.

Now if only we knew who was the first person (or society) to decide to eat the egg.