They discover the remains of a dog of more than 8,000 years buried with a human from the Stone Age

They discover the remains of a dog of more than 8,000 years buried with a human from the Stone Age

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The canine remains, which have been preserved in good condition, were found together with a human skeleton and various funerary objects.

A group of archaeologists discovered in a burial of8,400 years old skeletal remains of a dog during excavations in Solvesborg, southern Sweden,reported last Thursday the Blekinge Museum.

The canine remains were found alongside a human skeleton in a Stone Age burial. Likewise, several funerary devices, objects with material or sentimental value that were placed with the dead in their graves, were also recovered from the tomb, the researchers said.

"The dog is well preserved and the fact that it is buried in the middle of a Stone Age settlement is unique," said Ola Magnell, an osteologist at the Blekinge Museum. "This is one of the oldest dog grave finds in the country," he added.

For his part, the museum's project director, Carl Persson, explained that the site, which was formerly inhabited by hunters, was covered under a layer of mud caused by "a sudden and violent rise in sea level", which allowed that large quantities of flint, chimneys and remains of51 structures of houses have been kept in good condition.

"That a dog has been buried shows in some way how similar we are through the millennia in terms of feelings such as grief and loss," said Persson, adding that these kinds of discoveries represent a greater approach to people who inhabited the place in the past.

Once the research works, which have been extended due to the large number of finds, are completed, it is planned that a residential area will be built on top of the land occupied by the archaeological site.

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