More than hundred dog mummies found in Peru
History speaks about the love of Egyptians for their cats. There has been many tales that Egyptians defined special laws to protect their cats, they used to create mummies of their cats after death and such other facts. But a recent discovery has unveiled the fact that ancient Peruvians also has the same level of respect, honor and love for their dogs.
The archaeologists in Peru have discovered remains of more than 137 dogs that are supposed to be about nine hundred years ago. These remains have been discovered in the boundaries of archaeological complex surrounded by the main zoo of Lima.
Surprisingly, these remains of dogs were discovered along the remains of humans and there is supposition that these dogs may have been buried with the companions because of their will.
According to Lucenida Carrion who is heading the archeology department of Lima’s zoo, they are not confident about the employment of these animals either in any ritual but according to available evidence, there are some chances.
A few of the carcasses had been found with hand-outs of vegetable cord and reeds that have been a sign of Peruvian civilization amid the 2nd and 6th centuries.
According to Enrique Angulo who is a researcher and a veterinarian, the dogs were of old ages and some of them were suffering with diseases. Moreover, he added that these dogs are not possibly indigenous pre-Incan bald dogs but these dogs have yellowish brown fur.
The study is in progress and according to researchers; they will perform carbon dating to dig more about precise facts as explained by Carrion. She also mentioned that they need funding for continuing their research and unveil the facts out of ruins. It will help to know more about their culture.
In the year of 2006, archeologists discovered forty three mummified cannons out of one thousand years old animal cemetery located in the south of Lima through an exploration about Chiribaya civilization that prevailed between 900 to 1350 BCE. It was before the existence of Incans. Many of the remains of dogs have been found with blankets and food.