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THE PIGEON MAIL, 1000 YEARS AGO

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     A few years ago, travelling through the Middle East and Egypt, I was very interested in pigeon breeding of that region. Among other things, I was listening to interesting stories and legends about pigeon breeding from past times.

     One of the interesting stories is about pigeon mail that connected all of Egypt and the region of the Middle East. The pigeon mail was functioning from 1000 to 1500 year AD. The real mail service, that used carrier pigeons, was constituted by the Sultan Nur ad-Din (1118 – 1174) who came to the Arabian throne in 1146. He built the famous pigeon lofts in Damask and Cairo as well as at the other places.

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THE FAMILY TREE OF THE DOMESTIC PIGEON

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Thenks to ideal climatic and natural conditions, development of the firs human civilization started in Msopotamia. These conditions were suitable tor the development of the Rock Dove which became one of the first domestic animals. As civilization was developing, pigeon breeding was developing too.

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VUKOVAR`S HEN-PIGEON

Category: THE ANCIENT FIGURE OF THE PIGEONS

It is all about a very important archeological find of a remarkably well-preserved figure of a hen-pigeon dug out in 1938, near the city of Vukovar in Croatia. This archeological site is located near the River Danube, at a place called Vučedol-Gradac. This is the reason why archeologists call the figure the the ‘Vučedol’s Hen-pigeon’.

The Vučedol culture lasted from 3000 to 2200 BC in the region of eastern Slavonia at the same time as the invention of writing in Mesopotamia. This ancient European culture reached its peak of power and distribution throughout Eastern and Central Europe at the same time as the megalithic cultures in Western Europe.

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THE PIGEON FROM BATINA

Category: THE ANCIENT FIGURE OF THE PIGEONS

For the first time, the ancient figure of the pigeon will be introduced to the public all over the world. The figure was dug out at the old archaeological site on the hill of Batina, located on the right bank of the River Danube, in east Croatia.

In 1902, Bela Lafler gave the figure of the pigeon in Sombor’s Museum in Serbia where it has stayed until today. The figure comes from an old iron age, around 10th Centry BC. At the same time the Illyres lived in the same area. This period is also known as Hallstatt culture. The Illyres nurtured the cult of the pigeon as a holy bird.

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THE PIGEON FROM THE VIS ISLAND

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Hundreds of years before Christ, Illyrians had lived on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. One of the Illyrian tribes was the Dalmati. They lived on the coast as well as on islands. The eastern area by the Mediterranean Sea is called Dalmatia (named by the Dalmati tribe) and it is located in Croatia.

The Illyrians worshipped the godess Aphrodite and nutured the cult of the pigeons as a holy bird. That fact was confirmed by an archeological site on the Vis island in Croatia. It is at the necropolis (cemetery) at Marvilo, where many objects were found. The object were from the 4th Century BC, and there were pigeon images among them.

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