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Neolithic dog reveals tales behind Orkney's monuments

The head of a dog that lived on Orkney 4,500 years ago has been recreated in what experts believe is the world’s first canine forensic reconstruction.

The dog had been domesticated in the Neolithic era on the Scottish island archipelago, but still carried wolf-like characteristics, standing about the size of a large collie, according to Historic Environment Scotland (HES) which jointly commissioned the reconstruction with the National Museum of Scotland.

It was reconstructed by a forensic artist – using techniques similar to those by crime scene investigators – from one of 24 dog skulls that were excavated by archaeologists in Cuween Hill, a delicate passage tomb on Orkney’s Mainland, and which have been radiocarbon-dated to 2,500BC.
moss Posted by moss
13th April 2019ce

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All dogs have been bred over the centuries to certain characteristics that help with hunting, defending home, looking after cattle and sheep. Pets just happened to develop along the way surely. What is interesting that there were 24 skulls of dogs in Cuween hill, so creating the Tribe of the Dogs? a bit like the Eagles Tribe.

Edit; In answer to tjj?
moss Posted by moss
13th April 2019ce
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