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Mummified dog remains unearthed in Peru

 
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Mummified dog remains unearthed in Peru
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Peruvian archaeologists have discovered six mummified dogs, all dating from the 15th century and apparently presented as religious offerings, at a major pre-Columbian site just south of Lima.

The dogs "have hair and complete teeth," said Jesus Holguin, an archaeologist at the museum in Pachacamac, located 25 kilometres south of Lima.

Mr Holguin told AFP that experts were still trying to determine their breed.

The mummified remains of four children were also found at the site, archaeologists said.

The mummified dogs were found two weeks ago wrapped in cloth and buried in one of Pachacamac's adobe brick pyramids.

Archaeologists believe the animals were offerings related to a funeral, but archaeologist Isabel Cornejo said "we do not know if this was related to an important personality of the Inca period".

The experts believe the dogs are neither hairless Peruvian dogs - an ancient native breed - nor sheepdogs found at gravesites of the Chiribaya culture, which flourished in southern Peru between the years 900 and 1350......

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Re: Mummified dog remains unearthed in Peru
How can they tell if it remains unearthed? Dont they have to dig it up first?
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Re: Mummified dog remains unearthed in Peru
How can they tell if it remains unearthed? Dont they have to dig it up first?
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Great play on words! unearthed does however, mean dug up in english.
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Re: Mummified dog remains unearthed in Peru
We can get there DNA and make dinosaur dogs.





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