From couriermail.com.au: Migaloo the dog has a nose for archeology.
The three-year-old female black labrador cross is believed to be the world’s first trained archeology dog.
She is destined to work on surveys of Aboriginal sacred sites across Australia, with other dogs now likely to be similarly trained to work on excavations at ancient civilisation sites such as Egypt, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
Brisbane dog expert Gary Jackson trained the clever canine using 250-year-old skeletal remains from an Aboriginal burial site, on loan from the South Australian Museum. (…)
Red Centre Consultancy director Bud Streten, who owns Migaloo, plans to use her as a non-invasive way of locating and protecting traditional burial sites. [continue]
I’d like to take Migaloo for a walk on Gabriola. Maybe we’d find woolly mammoth bones, or ancient burial sites, or something equally interesting. It’d probably be my only chance ever of finding a Certifiably Cool Thing of Archaeological Significance. As it is, Nick Doe finds that kind of stuff, and I don’t. (Sigh!)
Of course, if anybody feels like lending me a bunch of ancient bones, I could train my dog to find such things. That’d be awfully fun, and I’d bet a year’s supply of chocolate that we’d be able to do it.
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