In Rome, a 2,000-year-old funerary complex with a statue of a dog was discovered

During the regular excavations in Rome, which are held before any construction or repair work, was discovered an ancient burial complex, whose age is estimated at about 2 thousand years. In it, archaeologists found intact ceramic funerary urn with fragments of bones, as well as a terracotta statue of a dog.

A total of three small tombs were found, which, according to scientists, were located near the so-called Latin Road, which is one of the oldest Roman roads. In addition, the remains of a young man, apparently buried simply in the bare earth, were also found there.

Scientists believe that the discovered statuette was created only for aesthetic purposes and had no practical use. They also explain that there is no way to determine what type of dog is depicted on the statuette, but it is known that the Romans kept dogs both as pets and as guards. Moreover, they also practiced selective breeding of dogs in order to obtain certain qualities for certain functions. The terracotta dog probably appeared before the tombs. It was found in an earlier archaeological stratum, which also contained abundant fragments of frescoed plaster.

As for the burial complex, according to experts, it was built between the I century BC and the I century AD. The tombs were located at a depth of about half a meter below the level of the modern street.