The bog where Tollund Man was found

The bog where Tollund Man was found

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

Caption: Tollund bog. View of the bog at Tollund Mose in Jutland, Denmark. It was at this site in 1950 that the mummified body of Tollund Man was discovered. Tollund Man, a "bog body" dated 220-40 BC, is a most well preserved body of an adult man. He was 30-40 years of age, 1.6m in height, found lying with his arms bent and legs drawn up. Naked except for a leather cap and belt, he died by being hanged using a braided leather noose. Analysis of his stomach showed his last meal was a gruel of barley and local wild seeds. The low temperature and oxygen levels in the bog, and its high tannins led to his mummification.

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Keywords: aquatic, bog, bog body, environment, fossil man, geography, mummy, site, site bog body, tollund, tollund man, tollund site, water

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