|A bobcat kitten. |
Image Courtesy of Robert Shatz/Alamy and Science Magazine.
July, 2, 2015.
David Grimm, of Science Magazine, has written a brief article about the burial of a bobcat kitten within a burial mound in the Elizabeth Mound Group in western Illinois. These mounds were constructed during the Hopewell cultural period (100 B.C. to 400 A.D.) and were excavated in the 1980's prior to a highway project.
"In the outer edge of a funeral mound typically reserved for humans, villagers interred a bobcat, just a few months old and wearing a necklace of bear teeth and marine shells. The discovery represents the only known ceremonial burial of an animal in such mounds and the only individual burial of a wild cat in the entire archaeological record, researchers claim in a new study."
For more information,
- A Bobcat Burial and Other Reported Intentional Animal Burials from Illinois Hopewell Mounds. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology.
- Angela R. Perri, Terrance J. Martin, Kenneth B. Farnsworth, July 1, 2015.
- Illinois State Archaeological Survey
- Museums Caught in Middle of State Budget Showdown.
- Steve Johnson, The Chicago Tribune, June 25, 2015.
- Ancient Ohio Trail
- Earthworks Timeline
- Hopewell Culture 100 B.C. - 400 A.D.
- Virtual First Ohioans
- Hopewell Culture
- Ohio History Central
- Who Were the Hopewell?
- Archaeology Magazine
- Bobcat (Felis rufus)
- Columbus Zoo Animal Guide