Caddo Archeology Journal
Both the affectionate and mutually adaptive relationships that contemporary humans share with the dog (Canis familiaris) are the result of a long history of domestication. Because of this long partnership, an analysis of dog burials can shed light on certain integrated components associated with mortuary practices, symbolic expression, and oral traditions in humans. There is an enormous amount of archeological and ethnological literature describing the role of the domesticated dog around the world. These sources describe the variable roles of dogs as human partners, friends, companions in hunting and herding, as pack animals, as guard, fighting, and war dogs, as active participants in ritual, and as meat for consumption in lean times or reserved as offerings in ceremonial feasting.
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McKinnon, Duncan P.
"A Report and Request toward Building a Canine Burial Corpus,"
Index of Texas Archaeology: Open Access Gray Literature from the Lone Star State: Vol. 2017,
Article 36. https://doi.org/10.21112/.ita.2017.1.36
Available at: https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/ita/vol2017/iss1/36
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