Do all dogs go to heaven? Tracking human-animal relationships through the archaeological survey of pet cemeteries
Todos os cães vão para o céu? Pesquisando a relação entre humanos e animais de estimação através da pesquisa arqueológica de cemitérios de animais.
Pet cemeteries provide a unique opportunity to investigate the development of human-animal relationships, yet few archaeological studies of these cemeteries have been undertaken. This article presents an archaeological survey of gravestones at British pet cemeteries from the Victorian period to the present. These memorials provide evidence for the perceived roles of animals, suggesting the
development of an often conflicted relationship between humans and companion animals in British
society—from beloved pets to valued family members—and the increasing belief in animal afterlives. The results are discussed in the context of society’s current attitude towards animals and the struggle to define our relationships with pets through the mourning of their loss.
Britain, Victorian period, pet cemeteries, human-animal relationships, grief
Bretanha, Período vitoriano, cemitérios de animais, relação humanos-animais, luto