Mexico's mummified PET dog could unlock secrets of ancient tribes: 1,000-year-old canine believed to be domesticated and used in hunting expeditions
The discovery of a mummified dog in Mexico could unlock secrets about the country's mysterious ancient tribal groups' hunting traditions.
Anthropologist Isaac Aquino exhibited the estimated 1000-year-old canine remains at regional museum in the city of Torreon.
It was found in Candelaria Cave in Coahuila, a semi-arid region of northern Mexico.
The discovery is a first of its kind for Mexico, with mummified canines only previously found in Peru and Egypt.
Experts believe that the dog was domesticated by a local tribe and used in hunting expeditions.
Archaeologist Alejandro Bautista Valdespino said: 'It reinforces the idea that dogs were placed as companions in the funerary traditions of the region’s nomads, it also presents the possibility that these animals were domesticated.'
The animal, believed to have been mummified naturally, was found alongside hundreds of human remains, as well as thousands of ancient artifacts including textiles, baskets, and bows and arrows.
Archaeologist Yuri De La Rosa said: 'This is the first mummified canine that has an archaeological context.
Companion: The 1000-year-old mummified dog is the first one to be found in Mexico and could help archaeologists unravel the secrets of the country's ancient tribes
'In this case it’s a natural mummification because of the desert and dry conditions. The skin dried to the bones and it was mummified naturally.'
The ancient hound will soon be measured, X-rayed and carbon tested to determine its exact age and breed.
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