8,000-year-old dog tomb found in Portugal

Published on July 11th, 2011 | by Admin

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An 8,000-year-old tomb belonging to a dog has been found in a shell mound in Portugal.

Project co-director Mariana Diniz told Lusa News Agency the find held “significant importance” because previously there had been no such sign of ancient “canine symbology” in southern Europe, in contrast to northern parts of the continent.

“Eight thousand years ago [southern] communities domesticated dogs, an animal with an economic role, but also a symbolic one”, Ms. Diniz said.

“The ritual burial of dogs was done with care, not just any way, with special significance”, she added of the find.

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Story: The Portugal News | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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