They were also family pets, as shown by the respect with which they were buried, said Paul Langenwalter, a professor of archaeology and anthropology at Biola University in La Mirada. He has examined dog skeletons dating back to the 1700s.
“There are no pet cemetery areas, and we don’t find the dog burials on campsites or any place where there aren’t human burials,” said Langenwalter, who specializes in human and dog relationships among California tribes. “They were buried with the people.”
Story: Matt Weiser, The Modesto Bee | Photo: Wikimedia Commons