Humans ate grilled dog meat 4,500 years ago, excavations at NW Turkey reveal

Published 08.08.2019 10:37
Updated 08.08.2019 23:57
Bones discovered during excavations at Küllüoba mound displayed (DHA Photo)
Bones discovered during excavations at Küllüoba mound displayed (DHA Photo)

Turkish archaeologists have discovered that ancient humans who lived in northwestern Turkey during the drought period in the Early Bronze Age consumed dog meat cooked in various ways, excavations at the Küllüoba settlement mound revealed.

Traces of dog meat dating back 4,500-years were found in pots at the Küllüoba mound, located in Eskişehir province's Seyitgazi district.

Archaeozoologist Can Yümni Gündem told Ihlas News Agency that the meat was grilled and boiled.

"How do we know dogs were consumed? We see the cut marks on the bones because when they scraped the meat they left marks on the bones," Gündem said, adding that while some meat was grilled, some was boiled in pots.

Ebedin Emelük, a master's student at Batman University who is a part of the excavations noted that they are trying to figure out which animals were used for sacrifice and for other purposes.

Archaeologists have also found that ancient humans also consumed lamb and beef beside the dog meat.

Küllüoba excavation director Associate Professor Murat Türkteki noted that they have data proving that there had been a drought at the time, seen in plant fossils.

"We also see that dogs were used for sacrifice ceremonies," Türkteki said.

Excavations at Küllüoba were launched in 1996. Since that period, researchers have discovered artifacts, animal bones and settlement plans revealing details about the cultural life 4,500-years-ago. Some 15 burial sites were discovered, along with 3,000-year-old sarcophagus.

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