We know that man’s best friend is a dog, but archaeologists near Stonehenge have found that dates back 7,000 years!
A dig at Blickmead, a mile from the stone circle, has uncovered a dog’s tooth.
Scientists from the University of Buckingham and the University of Durham think the dog came from the York area, making it one of the longest known journeys to South Wiltshire ever recorded, at 250 miles.
The finding could also show that people visited the sacred area two millennia before the stone circle’s believed to have been built.
The dog is thought to be an Alsatian, at a time when prehistoric man was only just starting to tame animals and keep them as pets.
Archaeologist David Jacques said:
“The fact that a dog and a group of people were coming to the area from such a long distance away further underlines just how important the place was four millennia before the circle was built.
“Discoveries like this give us a completely new understanding of the establishment of the ritual landscape and make Stonehenge even more special than we thought we knew it was. It would be devastating if the tunnel obliterated our chance of piecing together the jigsaw to explain why Stonehenge was built.”
The site that’s being dug at the moment is under threat as it’s along the route of the proposed A303 tunnel.
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