Last week, archaeologists announced the discovery of an exceptional old burial site under an apartment building in Mexico City. It contains the remains of twelve dogs.
The dog had a major religious significance to the Aztec people of central Mexico. They believed dogs could guide human souls into a new life after death on earth, and that they could guard pyramids and other monuments even after death.
Previously, dog remains have been found accompanying humans, but this is the first time a group of dogs have been found buried together at one site.
Michael E. Smith is an anthropology professor from Arizona State University, and he says the discovery is important, because it is the first time a number of animals have been buried together in a cemetery setting.
During the coming days, the team working the site will dig deeper to see if there are other items that can help them figure out why the animals are buried here, and possibly even the breed of the dogs.
~ Maria Sadowski ~