Biblical Archaeology Review 22:1, January/February 1996
1996 Excavation Opportunities

Two Dogs, a Goat and a Partridge: An Archaeologist’s Best Friends

By Kenneth Atkinson

Modern archaeology has a long history of colorful characters and serendipitous discoveries. Occasionally, the two go hand in hand. Or should I say, paw in paw, for some of the greatest and luckiest finds have resulted from chance discoveries made by the most unexpected participants—animals.

In this article I will discuss significant archaeological discoveries indirectly attributable to a goat, two dogs and a partridge. Although the finds to which these animals alerted humans have become famous, the incidental contributions of the nonhuman participants have often gone unrecognized.

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