Remains of a 3000-year-old dog buried like humans
among humans have been discovered in Taleghan Tepe,
north of Iran.
may have had special social status in the ancient
Iran, making them worthy of burial among the
humans with special burial rituals; or at least
that is the case for one dog whose remains
archaeologists have unearthed during excavations
in the historical Kafshgar Kolah cemetery of
Taleghan Tepe located at the northern city of
The dog skeleton which dates back to some 3000
years ago has been buried among the humans
according to their burial rituals; therefore,
experts believe that the dog has had a special
status to deserve such great respect.
The historical Taleghan Tepe is located in the
northern city of Ghaem shahr where a cemetery
dating back to the Iron Age has been discovered.
Usually animal remains found in Iron Age
graveyards include partial remains of dogs, sheep,
and goats, buried in simple digs, but the new
discovered dog is buried according to human
rituals, among the humans, and its remains are
surprisingly intact, explained head of Taleghan
Tepe site, Hasan Rezvani.
“Like human beings, the dog is buried in a
reclined position with human burial rituals. The
only difference is that no gifts have been buried
alongside it in the tomb,” added Razavi.
A man skeleton dating to the third era of the Iron
Age has been found one meter from the dog
discovery spot, one meter higher than the dog.
Experts believe that he is the dog’s owner, or
otherwise they both lived in the same period.
According to Rezai, during the Iron
Age, cemeteries were among sacred places,
allocated to special burials. Therefore, it is
believed that the dog has had a special status
among the people and dying before his owner, the
animal has been buried in the humans’ cemetery
with consent of all. The fact that no other animal
remains have been unearthed from boring pits dug
in the site has confirmed the special status of