A 12th century dog collar from Waterford city

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This rare 12th century dog collar was found by archaeologists working in Waterford city. Fashioned out of bronze, it originally had a leather backing, which attached to the metal via six holes. It is thought that it may have been worn by a hunting dog such as greyhound. Similar, though less ornate dog collars are depicted on the Bayeux tapestry.

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Dogs wearing collars on the Bayeux tapestry

Further Reading

McEneaney E. & Ryan, R. (2004) Waterford Treasures, A Guide to the Historical and Archaeological Treasures of Waterford, Waterford, p.26

 

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