Pet cemetery unearthed in Mexico

A team of archaeologists have discovered a dog graveyard beneath an apartment block in Mexico. The site dates back over 500 years, and has some rather different features to it, which is leaving researchers scratching their heads.

The cemetery was found in the city of Azcapotzalco, near Mexico City, and is a puzzling find for archaeologists as dogs were usually found in conjuction with a deceased human (thought to help them through the afterlife), but this is the first recorded instance where the dogs have been found by themselves.

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Several dogs have been found dating between AD 1350 – 1520 during the time the Aztecs were at their most powerful. The reason behind this mass burial place could be disease, or just another place to bury animals that weren’t used as a sacrifice or as a guide for afterlife purposes.

Either way, the team are unsure of the purpose, and they’ll be digging further and analysing the bones to see if any other clues will provide an answer to this doggy dog puzzle.

Source: Newser.com

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