Dogs, cats and horses in the Scottish medieval town
Perth, Aberdeen, Elgin, St Andrews, Inverness, Dundee, greyhound, terrier, animal bone, dog skull
medieval, modern, 12th century, 13th century, 14th century, 15th century, 16th century
Scottish medieval urban sites excavated over the last two decades have provided abundant evidence of the animals which were exploited by human populations. This paper is concerned with three domesticated species – the dog, cat and horse – and reviews the nature of their relationships with town dwellers. The majority of the excavations reviewed here were funded either wholly or in part by Historic Scotland, in conjunction with the Manpower Services Commission, and research for this paper was also funded by Historic Scotland.