Mum­mi­fied dog mys­tery at Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum

Bones of two dogs are found un­der­neath the mis­sion room hut

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

CAN YOU work out what hap­pened to these two dogs?

Did they get lost un­der there try­ing to find a ball? Or did they munch down on some poi­son, mis­tak­ing it for a tasty treat?

Staff at the Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum are prob­ing the mum­mi­fied re­mains of these un­for­tu­nate ca­nines af­ter find­ing them un­der­neath the Ger­rards Cross hut dur­ing work on the build­ing.

They tweeted on Satur­day April 2: “Dur­ing dis­man­tling, the bones of dogs were found un­der­neath our mis­sion room from Ger­rards Cross.””

The re­mains were found trapped un­der­neath the floor and bosses have no idea how or why they got there.

One the­ory is that rat poi­son had been put down there and the dogs ate it, but what­ever the cause, ed­u­ca­tion as­sis­tant Adrian Matthews said it is strange how the dogs got down there and could not get out.

The mys­tery deep­ens fur­ther upon fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion – a Star Wars trad­ing card was found with the dogs which dates from the late 1970s.

The bones are cur­rently in the Arte­facts Hut, along with the ball they went un­der to fetch.

Mu­seum work­ers are now hop­ing to find out more about these re­mains when they start their bones work­shop.

Mys­tery: The mum­mi­fied re­mains of two dogs have been found un­der­neath the Ger­rards Cross

hut at the Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum

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