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Raccoon Baculum worn as Pendant (VCU_3D_2136)
This raccoon baculum, or penis bone, has a groove near one end. This groove suggests that a cord was once tied around the object, probably to form a necklace. Male raccoons are known for their sexual aggression, which means this object may have been a fertility symbol. This object was recovered archaeologically from the House for Families at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. It was 3D scanned with a NextEngine Desktop 3D scanner in the archaeology laboratory at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Description by Virginia Commonwealth University student Jessica Evans. Digital model provided by the Virtual Curation Laboratory courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association.
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