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Mummified head of Stidsholt Woman, a bog body

Mummified head of Stidsholt Woman, a bog body

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

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Stidsholt Woman. Mummified head of Stidsholt Woman, a "bog body" of undetermined date. Many bog bodies date to the Roman Iron Age. This severed head was discovered in 1859 in a bog at Stidsholt- mose, Jutland, Denmark. Her head was severed from her body by a blow which passed between the third and fourth vertebrae. The hair was tied in a knot to which a woven band was fastened (this band no longer exists). Her expression confirms a violent death. Many ancient bog bodies of northwest Europe met violent deaths by murder or religious sacri- fice. Low temperature and oxygen, and high tannins in bog waters led to the mummification.

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