Archaeologists have discovered 6,000-year-old bones from a pet dog alongside the human remains of its owners at a burial site in Saudi Arabia. The remains may be the earliest example of dog domestication in the region, dating to around 1,000 years earlier than previous finds. 

The team of international researchers unearthed the dog bones in 2018 after locating the burial site in satellite imagery, as part of a large-scale archaeological survey by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) — a Saudi archaeology program dedicated to preserving and developing historical sites in the Arabain Peninsula.