The ancient inhabitants of Atapuerca ate dogs and cats

The ancient inhabitants of Atapuerca ate dogs and cats

On many occasions, you don't have to go outside of Spain to find very important archaeological finds that can reveal many details about the history of our ancestors. On this occasion, a detail has been discovered in the archaeological site of Atapuerca, in Burgos, which leaves some surprising conclusions.

According to an article by Patricia martin, a collaborator of the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES), which has recently been published in the Quaternary International magazine, a revelation of scope is made, where it is revealed that between 7,200 and 3,100 years, the humans who populated Atapuerca had in their diet to animals such as the domestic dog, the wild cat, the badger and the fox among others.

This has been possible thanks to the remains that have been found in the El Mirador Cave, belonging to this site, which runs counter to the belief up to now that the consumption of these species was very rare in continental Europe in those years.

It was discovered that this cave was used as a sheepfold, where the herds of different animals such as sheep, goats and cattle were kept mainly, these being the main part of the diet, although "complemented”With the aforementioned animals. This unusual diet It was discovered thanks to the bones and the cut marks they had, as well as processing marks and also human bites.

As different experts have declared, in some islands of the Eastern Mediterranean such as Cyprus, remains of these Neolithic species have been found that had served as food for the inhabitants of various areas, although this is something strange in continental Europe. Patricia Martín stated categorically that “It is known that at El Mirador, the dogs were disarticulated, skinned, their bones were broken and finally boiled”.

This has been observed at the Burgos site, but not only at Neolithic levels but also has also been seen in the Bronze Age, and although it was believed that it was something that occurred in a merely specific way, it has been discovered that it has had a certain continuity in time.

The possibility has even been raised that This practice could be directly related to sporadic moments when hunger was pressing or there was a shortage of food, where one of the main preferences was dog meat, but it is only a possibility.

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