Raccoon Baculum
Original Author: Unknown
Created: Eighteenth century
Medium: Raccoon Baculum

Raccoon Baculum

This raccoon baculum was excavated from the cellar beneath the House for Families slave quarter at Mount Vernon. Site archaeologists believe that the bone, which bears an incised groove near the top, may have been strung and worn around the neck as a decorative or a ceremonial item. The male raccoon is known to be sexually aggressive, suggesting its selection as a fertility symbol when suspended around the neck.