The skeleton of a ‘toy’ dog, similar to that of a modern-day Poodle, has been found by University of Reading experts who are excavating Silchester Roman Town in Hampshire.
“Very small dogs of this period are a rare find," said Professor Michael Fulford, who is leading the dig. "Only half a dozen or so examples of this period have been recorded across Britain.
“The dog was deliberately placed as a votive deposit in the foundations of a large Iron Age house, which we are still excavating.”
Visitors are welcome to see the excavation in progress. For more information visit www.reading.ac.uk/silchester/