Skull of bog body Gadevang Man

Skull of bog body Gadevang Man

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

Caption: Gadevang Man. Well-preserved skull of Gadevang Man, a "bog body" dated 480-60 BC. The skull shows a circular 3 centimetre diameter opening due to a surgical trepanation procedure. The skeleton of this man aged 35-50 was discovered in 1940 during peat cutting in a bog on Sealand, Denmark. This operation of cutting a hole through the skull may have been performed to remove a blood clot or even a spirit. Gadevang Man survived the procedure because the hole shows healed edges. Many ancient bog bodies of northwest Europe met violent deaths by murder or religious sacrifice. Low temperature and oxygen, and tannins in bogs preserved the bodies.

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Keywords: anthropology, archeology, bog body, bone bones, cognitive archaeology, fossil man, gadevang, gadevang man, hominid, hominids, hominin, mummy, palaeoanthropology, paleoanthropology, paleontology, skull, trepanation

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