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Vespasian's Camp and Blick Mead



Mesolithic dog on long walk from Yorkshire?

David Jacques and his team have found a dog's tooth at Blick Mead. It dates from 7000 years ago. So people had dogs at the site all that time ago, it's a nice thought. But more interestingly, they found that the isotopes in its enamel match those in the water in the Vale of York. Suggesting that dog and owner had walked all that way.

Which, one might suggest, wouldn't be unreasonable if you were a Mesolithic hunter-gatherer roaming around Britain? And maybe that if you were in Wiltshire that year you might pop in. But Jacques suggests Yorkshire's too far away for that and they must have deliberately been drawn in from a long way away, as were others, especially for whatever exciting and famous stuff was going on at Amesbury at that time.

The article also includes a nice bit of anti-tunnel sentiment.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
7th October 2016ce

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The article states: "They also speculate that the dog would have been roughly the same size, shape and colour of an alsatian, albeit more wolf-like" - just wondering how they can tell it wasn't actually a wolf ... tjj Posted by tjj
8th October 2016ce
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