Peru: Archaeologists unearth ancient dog remains in Sechin

17:22 | Casma (Ancash region), Oct. 4.

The skeletal remains of a dog (Canis lupus familiaris) were found inside the main building of Sechin archaeological complex in Casma (Ancash region).

The body is relatively well preserved and is around 1,000 years old. 

According to Sechin Archaeological Project Director Monica Suarez, this is the second discovery made since excavation works began. 

As stated by the archaeologist, the dog is believed to have belonged to the reoccupation phase of Sechin, mainly to Casma culture, around 1,000 A.D. 

Its yellow-brown fur and pads can still be seen. 

The remains are being studied while preparing a detailed record to determine the time of burial, breed, and other features. 

"Like everything else found during excavations of this project, the discovery will be handed over to the Ministry of Culture," she expressed. 


The first phase of excavations is 50% complete, Suarez informed. 

"This first stage will end in November. Then, there will be a break, before moving onto the new phase," the archaeologist added. 


Published: 10/4/2019