The mummified well-preserved head of Grauballe Man

The mummified well-preserved head of Grauballe Man

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Credit: FORHISTORISK MUSEUM, DENMARK/MUNOZ-YAGUE/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Grauballe Man. Mummified head of Grauballe Man, a "bog body" dated between 170 BC to 80 AD. This well-preserved bog body of an adult man was discovered in 1952 in a bog known as Nebelgard Mose, Jutland, Denmark. He died violently: his throat was cut and he received severe blows on his head and leg, before his naked body was placed in an old turf cutting. Analysis of his stomach shows he ate a porridge of weed seeds in winter. Many ancient bog bodies of northwest Europe met violent deaths by murder or religious sacrifice. Low temperature and oxygen, and high tannins in bogs led to the mummification.

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Keywords: anthropology, bog body, fossil man, grauballe, grauballe man, hominid, hominids, hominin, mummy, palaeoanthropology, palaeontology, paleoanthropology, paleontology

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