Dog Burials 101

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hey I'm David and welcome to ethno

Scientology many of us have lost pets

and what happens it's devastating but

we're not alone because our ancestors

obviously lost pets too what we're

looking at here is a dog that died over

25 thousand years ago we'll check the

carbon dates later however this dog died

it was somebody's best friend

if not son like my dog is and it died

and they were devastated and they buried

it in the ground for perpetuity just

like you and I would hey I'm David and

welcome back to ethnos i Knology also

come and go boy this is strider you've

probably seen him before

alright now you can go away go anyway

and we're back so this is actually what

archaeologists wear and one of my PPE

personal protective equipment if I'm on

a site I want to be wearing something

that protects me and protects the rest

of my crew and the construction crew

that we're working with what we have

here though is a domestic dog burial and

if you see this we have a dog buried

right here there's some artifacts

scattered in and if you see this ring

around that that's ochre to us as

archaeologists that tells us that this

burial is cultural we know much as a

burial and not just a happenstance death

because of two reasons one it's in a

flexed position it was intentionally

placed there that way and the other

reason is we can see that there's

culture in this burial culture is just

human behavior across time right and we

pass this on it's what keeps us alive we

pass on culture to the next generation

teaching them at a hunt how to fish how

to collect and how to forage teach our

families and we practice a culture of

burials and death the other humans first

of all we bury our dead no other animal

does that you can argue that gorillas

and chimpanzees mourn for their dead and

elephants might actually bury their dead

too but no other animal specifically

culturally varies another individual of

its species to preserve it for say the

afterlife or for that the next life

humans don't really do this for any

other animal

other than dogs we care for these

creatures so much so that we want to

bury them so that we preserve them and

they can come with us to the afterlife

as well so you can see here that this

burial let's say this is an ancient

France where we find a lot of ancient

dogs Paleolithic humans in Eurasia would

have been burying their animals just

like this so first we have the dog we

can see his remains here okay but what

we also have our three projectile points

placed here facing west now first of all

you should just notice that this

projectile points buried in there

because that says something but the fact

that we can use observational skills

instead of this are facing west

probably means that this was some kind

of ritual in which it was going towards

the Setting Sun and it was being buried

going to the beyond you know so we also

have here if you can't see it and I'm

gonna pull that out with a color

correction right now all right

and we're back so here we go this is

called ochre and you might be aware of

ochre as a pigment I have some of my

tattoo here actually and this is a

pigment that's used by people worldwide

in prehistory and it's found that a lot

of burials and it's actually what's used

to bake those hand sprays all over the

world including in Cueva de las manos

which you'll see here so normally when

an archaeological excavation happens you

do this by finding it out of luck you do

this by finding it up from a backhoe

excavation you find it by doing your

shovel test you're never gonna find a

burial this awesome in the ground right

it's it did swear and this is a coyote

that died like probably a year ago less

it's preserved and when you find this

burial in in an actual context later on

it might be in a cave that might be

underground either way it's gonna be a

mess there's gonna be bones missing

you're not even be able to tell it's a

dog we are really fortunate to have this

dog here

the oldest dog burial comes from bond

over castle Germany and it's about

fourteen thousand years old it's a puppy

that was buried with two humans and it

was buried intentionally what's also

interesting about this puppy is that

earlier in its life it had canine

distemper and we can tell that by

analyzing its bones and the canine

distemper affected the body earlier

healed which means it was fed and cared

for by humans which is very interesting

because why would we waste time feeding

an animal when we could just feed

ourselves that shows that we actually

had care for this animal and we had a

culture that told us that dogs for okay


however later died or it was sacrificed

eventually to live with the dead humans

and it was varied intentionally in place

there so that they could probably live

with the human in the afterlife that's

pretty badass

Harry yeah I would say one of the most

interesting dog burials that I have seen

are you know just come across in

research is the one and I'm allaha

Israel as an etouffee and woman about

middle aged that was buried with a puppy

and you can see her and I'll put the

picture up here she's buried and you can

see that her hand is placed on a puppy

the puppy probably didn't die at that

age or in ordered the puppy died and the

human was sacrificed must be real the

puppy was probably sacrificed to live

with the human that says something

because that means that the humans

believed that they were going somewhere

in which that puppy should come with

them so they killed the puppy to live

with them

that's pretty damn cool we find human

burials often but we don't really bury

other animals so when we come across two

dog burials this tells us something

super interesting about our hit species

in the past and our ancestors because we

put so much care and thought into into

preserving these animals for the

afterlife and for perpetuity that we can

also take these studies that we find

with the dogs and apply them to humans

and sometimes these burial practices are

similar if not the same and we can't

necessarily take a time machine and go

see what it was like to live with my dog

ten thousand years ago in the Ukraine

however if we find a dog burial in the

Ukraine and we study it and collect all

the science the VAT data we came out of

there we can finally tell ourselves

something interesting about what

happened and we

reconstruct that past life of that

person who lived 10,000 years ago in the

Ukraine sir dogs have been around for at

least at least 15,000 if not 30,000

years that's a long time in that time

we've been burying dogs probably not as

early on as around 30,000 years but

later on as the dogs and humans that are

forming a relationship we started to

bury them and this can tell us all sorts

of things about human culture human

thought and human behavior which is what

archeology is it's the study of human

behavior through time it's not just

looting tombs it's not about mummies

it's about the behavior that we had so

what I think is most interesting is that

when your dog dies hopefully never

you're gonna have to cremate it or

you're gonna have to bury it so think

about it

whether you think your dog is going to

an afterlife whether your dog is just

gone whether their dog is reincarnated

into something else

when your dog eventually passes remember

that dogs have been passing away for

thirty thousand years and people have

been dealing with the same that we

are it's really hard and it sucks but

what we can do is look at this and we

can say that somebody 15,000 years ago

shed tears in this very spot probably

sobbed played music had some kind of

ritual and put their dog to rest and we

are looking at it right now but we see

this dog now we're collecting data from

it and we are adding to the larger human

story about what happened in the past

and I think that is what is most badass

about anthropology


hey I'm David and welcome to ethno

Scientology many of us have lost pets

and what happens it's devastating really

really kicks you in the balls it's not

it's not it's not great that's not a

good look it's just like really ruins

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