Saturday, October 24, 2015

Prehistoric Canine Burials

My article about prehistoric canine burials, Digging Up Bones, was published in the Winter 2014 edition of The Bark magazine.

"Dogs have been buried more often than any other animal: singly, with other dogs, near people and with people. This ancient practice was a global phenomenon, one that crossed nearly all cultural boundaries. Precisely why dogs were buried may never be clearly understood, but the universality of the practice suggests it may be embedded in the human psyche and according, is a fundamental part of the human/dog connection."

Modern research techniques applied to prehistoric bones suggest it wasn't all sacrificial killing. Rather like us, some ancient people just loved their dogs.
In 2006, dogs were found in a thousand year old
pet cemetery near Lima, Peru. Many had
separate plots near their people and were buried
with food and blankets. Read more.
These are other posts about ancient dog burials:


  1. Congratulations on getting your article published. I haven't written professionally in years, but I used to write for science and medicine.


  2. Well done on getting your article published! It is a fascinating subject. Reassuring to know that our modern 'pet cemeteries' are not such a new phenomenon...

  3. Janice Koler-MatznickDecember 25, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    This is an excellent article, top notch reporting and interesting to all dog people. I appreciate the work that goes into producing such a fact-based piece.