Paw prints of cats and dogs from eighth century found in Turkey

Paw prints of cats and dogs from eighth century found in Turkey

Archaeological excavations at the ancient Kadıkalesi (Kadı Castle) in Turkey's Kuşadası district of Aydın, have revealed paw prints of cats and dogs on bricks and tiles dating back to the 8th century. 

Excavations at the archaeological site, whose history dates back 5,000 years, have been carried out by Ege University’s Byzantium Art Department head Zeynep Mercangöz.

"These traces belong to animals which walked on these potteries when they were left to dry by producers. They are all from the Middle Age, dating back 800 years. It reveals that animals and people lived together at that time. We found many dog skulls this year," Hurriyet cited Mercangöz as saying.

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