Thomas B. Thriges Gade Excavations - Medieval Animals

Dog pooh, 12th century

Medieval Animals

Animals played a large part in people's lives in the Middle Ages which is seen through the large amounts of animal bones that are being found throughout the excavation. The many findings of various animal bones give archaeologists a good idea of what kind of livestock medieval men reared and what people generally ate. Cow, pig and fish, among others, were probably the primary food to be set on the dining table.

But it is not all for eating. There has also been found some amounts of cat and dog bones throughout the excavation. Cat bones are found with cut marks that indicate fur production and dog bones are found at the bottoms of some wells. But dogs have also left other traces such as paw prints on bricks. An extraordinary find was that of a dog-pooh. It is not unusual to find poohs in medieval digs but this dog-pooh has withheld its shape through 900 years which is very fascinating. It can tell a lot about the nature of dogs in the Middle Ages - like what they ate and what they have been in contact with - which is why the pooh is being thoroughly analysed for seeds and pollen.

Left a skeleton from a cow, and right another one from a horse, both found among other remains from the 13th century.

 
 

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