Recent archeological studies of Roman-era Britain as well as much of Europe and Northwestern Africa, found the remains of chickens alongside those of humans. These skeletons, however, showed no signs of slaughter and they suggested that the chickens had lived to old age. One skeleton even showed signs of a broken leg that had been set with a splint so it could heal. Most of these chickens appear to have been buried in graves, and several of them were found in the same graves with humans – hens with women and cockerels with men. It wasn't until several centuries later that there were signs that people were eating the chickens.