The face of a dog that lived around 4,500 years ago has been reconstructed after a skull was found in an ancient burial mound.

The animal’s features were recreated by forensic artist Amy Thornton using a 3D print from a CT scan of the creature’s cranium.

The dog’s remains were discovered in a neolithic chambered cairn near the village of Grimbister, on the main island of Orkney, northern Scotland.

The site, called Cuween Hill, dates to around 3,000 BC, like many of the famous sites on the archipelago, but radiocarbon dating of the dog skull has discovered it was placed in the site around 500 years later.

A model made from the skull of a dog found in an ancient mound on Orkney
Image:Dogs may have had a special significance for farmers in the area

The later placing of the bones suggest the animal’s burial had ritual value, archaeologists believe.

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