Archaeology: Old tricks for new dogs?

In Fornvännen 2007:3, husband & wife historians of archaeology Drs Åsa Gillberg and Ola W. Jensen note that there are currently ongoing attempts to train dogs to sniff out archaeology, much like they have proved capable of finding illegal drugs, recently buried murder victims, even cancerous tumours. Results so far are inconclusive. The point of Gillberg & Jensen’s note is instead to draw attention to an obscure Swedish antiquarian, Johan Lindman, who made the same suggestion already in 1761 in a Gothenburg newspaper…. Whether anyone ever took up Johan Lindman’s suggestions and trained themselves a dog detector is not known.

So writes Martin Rundkvist on June 12, 2008.

(Thanks to investigator Megan M. McCullen for bringing this to our attention.)