Home

ARCHIVES
(5805 articles):
 

EDITORIAL TEAM:
 
Clive Price-Jones 
Diego Meozzi 
Paola Arosio 
Philip Hansen 
Wolf Thandoy 


If you think our news service is a valuable resource, please consider a donation. Select your currency and click the PayPal button:



Main Index
Podcast


Archaeo News 

9 July 2011
8,000-year-old dog tomb discovered in Portugal

Archaeologists have discovered an unprecedented 8,000-year-old dog tomb - the oldest in southern Europe - in a shell mound near the Portuguese town of Alcaçer do Sal.
     Project co-director Mariana Diniz said 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.
     Lisbon's National Museum of Archaeology has dispatched a specialist team to the site to consolidate and remove the tomb for conservation and future public display. The find was made by archaeologists from Lisbon University and the Spanish University of Cantabria.

Edited from The Portugal News Online (9 July 2011)

Share this webpage:


Copyright Statement
Publishing system powered by Movable Type 2.63

HOMESHOPTOURSPREHISTORAMAFORUMSGLOSSARYMEGALINKSFEEDBACKFAQABOUT US TOP OF PAGE ^^^