Did our ancestors fancy birds for dinner?


About the research 

Nowadays, 98 million tons of chicken are consumed every year, making it the second most consumed meat in the world, after pork. At the Museum for Natural Sciences Quentin Goffette tries to find out which place birds occupied in the daily life (or menu) of our ancestors. He studies animal remains found during archeological excavations found at different sites, from medieval castles to Gallo-Roman villas. 

Quentin Goffette

Quentin Goffette obtained his Bachelor in Art History and Archaeology at the University of Namur and completed his Master in Archaeology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He then specialized in archeozoology at the KU Leuven and at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, where he has been studying faunal remains since 2009. After having worked on Turkish and Belgian assemblages, he is currently carrying out analyses on animal bones uncovered in archaeological sites in the Belgian French speaking region of Wallonia, with a special interest in avian remains, which are the focus of his PhD project at the University of Liège (Tracéolab). In addition he participates regularly in bird census and bird observation missions in Belgium and abroad, such as in the Arctic region.

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