via Esquire Philippines, 27 May 2020: A feature on dog burials excavated from Manila in the 1960s but only analysed in recent years.
During the dig, archaeologists expected to find ancient wares and human remains, but they were stunned when they discovered the burial site of ancient Philippine dogs. The archeologists recovered remains of domesticated dogs dating back to the 12th to 15th centuries A.D.
The excavation project led to the discovery of at least 300 ancient human graves. Much of the study in the 1960s focused on these human remains, leaving out the dog remains for future studies.
Timothy James Vitales, an archaeologist from the National Museum, published his findings about the precolonial dogs’ graves in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. According to the study, the location and the completeness of the bones “suggest that these dogs were deposited as burials.”