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.”
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