bog body

Human bodies preserved in bogs have been found in Scandinavia, Ireland, the British Isles, Northern Netherlands, Northern Germany and Poland.
The earliest finds date from the Bronze Age, however, most bog bodies are dated to the centuries around the time of the birth of Christ.

There are various reasons for the occurrence of corpses in the bog: bog burial as a form of punishment, as a religious sacrifice, out of fear of revenants and certainly also as a result of accidents.

Examples of well-preserved bog bodies are Tollund Man, the man from Grauballe or the Windeby girl.

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