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Remains of 2,000-year-old dog found guarding treasure

The skeleton of a guard dog buried 2,000 years ago to guard a horde of coins has been found in England.

Archaeologists have pieced together the remains of a 2,000-year-old guard dog whose spirit is believed to have protected a hoard of treasure.

The skeleton, which is about the same size as that of a retriever or Alsatian, was discovered in a pit at the site of an Iron Age shrine in Hallaton, near Market Harborough.

Experts think the animal was sacrificed and buried to protect the Hallaton Treasure – a collection of more than 5,000 gold and silver coins.

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Story: Tim Healy, Leicester Mercury | Photo: Leicester Mercury

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