This image shows the engravings traced in white. What is amazing is that the dogs seem to have leashes and to be tethered to the humans which are engaged in a hunting scene. There are also pastoral scenes on the rock face showing sheep and cattle which is helping the dating as pastoralism is believed to have been first practised on the Arabian Peninsula during the early half of the sixth millennium. (Ref:news.nationalgeographic.com)
The domestication of dogs dates even earlier to Neolithic times which began in about 10,200BC. But the engravings in Saudi Arabia are special because they seem to show the dogs being harnessed to assist in the hunting.
The tile was found in the house of the tragic poet and contains the Latin words cave canem which translate into beware of the dog showing how the Romans used dogs to guard their homes. *Often during the daytime, the doors of Roman houses were left open giving outsiders a view into the interior... This mosaic would have only been visible if the front door was open. (mosaics.moatmtv.weebly.com)
(Source: Boyko Kolev)
Next blog after a day's break will be on Remarkable Dogs.