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The mummified head of Windeby Girl, a bog body

The mummified head of Windeby Girl, a bog body

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ARCHAEOLOGISCHES LANDESMUSEUM, GERMANY / MUNOZ-YAGUE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ARCHAEOLOGISCHES LANDESMUSEUM, GERMANY / MUNOZ-YAGUE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Windeby Girl. Mummified head of Windeby Girl, a "bog body" dated to the Roman Iron Age. This girl aged about 14 years was discovered in 1952 in a bog near Windeby, Germany. Her body was thin and undernourished, and the left half of her hair cropped. A blindfold was tied over her eyes, yet no trace was found of a violent death. She was buried in a pit in the bog with a large birch branch in her right arm. Many ancient bog bodies of northwest Europe met violent deaths by murder or religious sacrifice. Low temperature and oxygen, and high tannins in bog waters led to the mummification.

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