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Van Giffen’s Dogs: Cranial osteometry of Iron Age to Medieval Period dogs from the northern Netherlands

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Scheele, MA E.E. (University of Groningen, Groningen Institute of Archaeology); Çakılar, PhD C. (University of Groningen, Groningen Institute of Archaeology); Giffen, Prof. A.E van (): Van Giffen’s Dogs: Cranial osteometry of Iron Age to Medieval Period dogs from the northern Netherlands. DANS. https://doi.org/10.17026/dans-z9b-r2du

2017 Scheele, MA E.E. (University of Groningen, Groningen Institute of Archaeology); Çakılar, PhD C. (University of Groningen, Groningen Institute of Archaeology); Giffen, Prof. A.E van 10.17026/dans-z9b-r2du

This dataset contains biometric data from a collection of 488 dog skulls originating from 58 (archaeological) sites in the northern Netherlands dating from the Iron Age to the Medieval Period. The crania were originally collected and documented in the early 20th century by Prof. Albert Egges van Giffen, one of the pioneers of Dutch archaeology and archaeozoology. The 'De honden van Van Giffen' project has transcribed, translated and digitized the original handwritten records and tables, supplementing the information with new photographs of a selection of the specimens, and made the dataset openly accessible for researchers worldwide on easy.dans.knaw.nl. This dataset is an unparalleled treasure trove of canid osteometric data with sustainable reuse potential for research into dog domestication, the evolution of dog breeds, and cranial variability in canids.

Van Giffen’s Dogs: Cranial osteometry of Iron Age to Medieval Period dogs from the northern Netherlands

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