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Maranga Residents Were Buried With Their Dogs

Thursday, November 07, 2013

LIMA, PERU—Skeletal remains of more than 100 dogs have been recovered from the Maranga Archaeological Complex, much of which has been destroyed the growth of modern Lima. All of the dogs were in resting positions, and had been buried some 1,000 years ago alongside human remains. Many had been provided with food for the afterlife. Peru is known for its pre-Inca hairless dog breed, but these dogs sported yellowish or brown fur.