Chickens first commercialized in Israel 2,300 years ago, researchers say

The world’s first period of industrial growth of chickens and eggs for mass consumption began in Israel’s Judean lowlands of Lakhish 2,300 years ago, 200 years before the practice reached Europe, researchers at the University of Haifa announced on Tuesday.

According to a study published by researchers from the university’s Zinman Institute of Archeology in the PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) journal, evidence suggests that chickens were first industrialized in Southern Israel during the Hellenistic period.

“Chicken remains found from the Hellenistic period (4th century BC) in the Judean lowlands shed light on the beginnings of this economic revolution, and show the earliest evidence of the western world’s large-scale industrial poultry,” the university said in a statement.


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