Excavation at Blick Mead at Whiltshire, United Kingdom, revealed a site that contained numerous artefacts including remains of a supposedly domesticated Mesolithic dog that lived around 5000 BC.
The site is located over 1.5 kilometres from famous Stonehenge. The excavations revealed evidence of Mesolithic people feasting on huge oxen, known as aurochs, salmon, trout, hazelnuts and even frog’s legs. Analysis of the dog’s tooth enamel showed that the dog drank water that came from the Vale of York area. The dog would have been roughly the same size, shape and colour of an alsatian, albeit more wolf-like. This provides evidence for Mesolithic man using a domesticated dog, probably for hunting. Moreover, the origin of the dog suggests that the pair made a long journey of over 400 kilometres to the present area of Wiltshire. The site is also the earliest settlement discovered in the area near Stonehenge shedding new light on the archaeological landscape of the well-known archaeological landmark.
(after The Guardian)