Sunday, August 21, 2016

1000-year-old Dogs Buried Under Lima Zoo

While digging at the Lima, Peru zoo, archeologists found the remains of more than 125 dogs buried among the remains of a similar number of humans. Pots and other evidence associated with the dig suggests dogs and humans were buried together about 1,000 years ago.

The humans are both men and women between the ages of 20 and 40, and look to have been killed by violent skull fracture and others blows, while it appears the dogs were strangled. The murder-sacrifices and burials may have been part of a ritual carried out after a traumatic event.  The three most common dog types appear to be very similar to the types of street dogs still found in Lima today.

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