A Bobcat Burial and Other Reported Intentional Animal Burials from Illinois Hopewell Mounds

  title={A Bobcat Burial and Other Reported Intentional Animal Burials from Illinois Hopewell Mounds},
  author={Angela R. Perri and Terrance J. Martin and Kenneth B. Farnsworth},
  journal={Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology},
  pages={282 - 301}
Abstract The Elizabeth site is a bluff-top mortuary mound group constructed and primarily used during Hopewellian (Middle Woodland) times. Recent reanalysis of nonhuman skeletal remains from the site reveals that an intentional burial previously identified as a dog (Canis familiaris) is actually an immature bobcat (Lynx rufus). As a result of this discovery, we reevaluated eight other purported animal burials from Illinois Middle Woodland mounds, including seven dogs and a roseate spoonbill… 
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