An ancient cat burial was found in Illinois along a river. It’s the first of its kind and thought to be nearly 2,000 years old. The cat is thought to be a young, 4-7 month old bobcat kitten adorned with a bear-tooth necklace. No cut marks or other signs of trauma were found on the bones suggesting that the cat was not sacrificed. It is not clear if this means the cat was a pet or had other meaning to the humans of the time.
“It’s surprising and marvelous and extremely special,” says Melinda Zeder, a zooarchaeologist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
There is no other record of a wild cat being buried by humans in this area, making this a truly extraordinary find!
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