Jan 28, 2011

Dog guarding treasure found 2000 later

The remains of a guard dog about the size of a German Shepherd has been found at the site of one of Britain’s most important Iron Age excavations.

Archaeologists have unearthed the skeleton of what is believed to be Britain’s oldest guard dog, which was sacrificed to protect a hoard of buried treasure.

He has lain underground for 2,000 years, loyally doing his duty.

It is believed an ancient tribe, the Corieltauvi, who lived in Britain before the Roman conquest, killed then buried the dog between AD1 and AD50 so its spirit could protect the stockpile.