Alison shares this spectacular 2000-year-old dog burial excavated in Ban Non Wat earlier in the year. “Sampson” was uncovered by a team from James Cook University and goes to show that dogs have been man’s best friend for a long time coming! Alison also posts her observations on the dog burial here.
JCNN, April 2010
Every dog has its day â€“ even if it has to wait 2000 years for it! Thatâ€™s how long it took to discover the bones of suspected wolfhound Sampson, whose remains were recently uncovered at a dig site in Ban Non Wat, north-east Thailand.
â€œThe first thing we noticed about it was the size. It stood a bit less than a metre,â€ says Allison Isepy, who found Sampsonâ€™s bones together with fellow James Cook University student Belinda Duke. â€œItâ€™s a very tall dog â€“ probably a wolfhound.â€
Isepy says sheâ€™s only briefly analysed Sampsonâ€™s bones but believes he died of natural causes and estimates his age to be about six. Sheâ€™ll be returning to Thailand in the June semester break to continue her analysis and conduct a comparative study of other dog bones found on-site.