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I'm a landrace dog fancier, birder and amateur arachnologist. Founder of the INDog Project (www.indog.co.in) and the INDog Club. Before that, worked with urban free-ranging dogs of Mumbai from 1993-2007. Also a wildlife conservationist working in the tiger reserves of central India with Satpuda Foundation.

This blog is for aboriginal breed enthusiasts. It is part of the INDog Project www.indog.co.in. Only INDogs (Indian Pariah) and INDog-mix mongrels are featured here. The two are NOT the same, do please read the text on the right to understand the difference. Our aim: to create awareness about the primitive natural breed called the Indian Pariah Dog/INDog. I sometimes feature other landrace breeds too.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Archaeological Record for the Dog in India

The Archaeological Record of the INDog site was under construction when the site was uploaded last year. It's finally complete and was uploaded yesterday.

Click here for the record.

This section was only possible because of the support of the Deccan College Archaeozoology Laboratory. I want to thank the Lab director Dr Pramod Joglekar for his unfailing patience and all the fascinating information he provided, and also for allowing me to spend entire days in the College library.

Note: We don't know whether all the dog remains found are of INDogs, as no ancient DNA has been analyzed yet. Only the Mohenjo-Daro skull has been described in detail (Sewell and Guha 1931). Many rock art dog drawings also seem to show dingo-pariah type dogs. However since there has been no mass extermination of native dogs in most of India, since the reach of modern breeds has been limited, and since the pariah-type is known to be the original domestic dog type, it seems logical to assume that most of these ancient dogs were INDogs, and that the INDogs of today are descended from them.

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