Ancient Dogs

The digging season in Ashkelon is over, but the staff is still here finishing up projects and writing.  One of the big projects that was finished by the zooarchaeologist in Ashkelon this year was the processing of the ancient dogs. The ancient dogs of Ashkelon were discovered 15 years ago. It is the largest dog burial ever found. Here Paula, the zooarchaeologist, shares one of the puppy skeletons with us. Over the next few days I will share more videos of the dogs and what we have learned about them because of our work this summer.

Junior Archaeologist Assignment

Look around your home, what things in your home have bones? Can you draw what you think the bones look like in the living things in your home?

Question of the Day

Why do you think so many dogs were buried near Ashkelon?