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Living Room Lecture: Avian Remains from the Presidio

The San Diego Presidio, established in AD 1769, was the first European settlement in Upper California. Very little is known about chicken husbandry in colonial America, which makes this study the first comprehensive analysis of chicken remains in North America. Chickens are scarcely mentioned in historical accounts describing early California, and information on their sex, age, or management is rare. Small-scale poultry production, likely managed by women and children, provided California presidios with a form of subsistence independence.

This webinar is limited to 100 attendees. REGISTRATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCESS THROUGH ZOOM IF WEBINAR REACHES CAPACITY. You will be redirected to a livestream on YouTube:

About the Presenter

Aharon Sasson is the co-director of the San Diego Zooarchaeology Laboratory at the San Diego Natural History Museum. He received his Ph.D. in Archaeology/Zooarchaeology from Tel Aviv University. Aharon has studied faunal assemblages from the ancient Near East as well as from numerous prehistoric and historic sites from California. Aharon is the author of Animal Husbandry in Ancient Israel, a Zooarchaeological Perspective on Livestock Exploitation, Herd Management, and Economic Strategies. Sasson and Susan Arter recently published their study on the chicken remains from the San Diego Presidio in the high regarded journal, American Antiquity.

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Virtual event on Zoom
Cost: Free

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