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