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A pair of shoes found together with the bog body from Rønbjerg III dated to the Pre-Roman Iron Age. Photo Roberto Fortuna, The National Museum of Denmark.

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bog mummy party down

Grauballe Man - a bog mummy dating from around 55 BC - was found in 1952 near Grauballe, Denmark by a team of peat diggers. The adult male was most likely killed by having his throat slit open from ear to ear. There were no artifacts or any evidence of cloathing, indicating that when he died he was entirely naked. Grauballe Man is one of the most exeptionally preserved bog bodies ever to be recorded and is on permanent display at the Moesgaard Museum near Aarhus.

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Photograph of found bog body of 1873. The body had been found in 1871 in the Heidmoor near de:Rendswühren and is now on display at Gottorf Castle, Schleswig Germany. Dated around 1st or 2nd century AD

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World's oldest bog body hints at violent past

Infographic - remains of early humans - what a boon for science to have this treasure from which to study and learn: Oetizi, Cashel, King Tutankhamen, Tollund, and the Inca Ice Maiden

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Bog bodies, which are also known as bog people, are the naturally preserved human corpses found in the sphagnum bogs in Northern Europe. Unlike most ancient human remains, bog bodies have retained their skin and internal organs due to the unusual conditions of the surrounding area.

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Lindow Man, naturally-preserved bog body of an Iron Age man, discovered in a peat bog at Lindow Moss, Mobberley side of the border with Wilmslow, Cheshire, northwest England, on August 1, 1984 by commercial peat-cutters. At the time, the body was dubbed "Pete Marsh" (a pun on "peat marsh") by Middlesex Hospital radiologists which was then adopted by local journalists. Dated at approx 50 AD, freeze dried and exhibited in England.

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A limited number of bogs have the correct conditions for preservation of mammalian tissue. Most of these are located in the colder climes of northern Europe near bodies of salt water. For example, in the area of Denmark where the Haraldsar Woman was recovered, salt air from the North Sea blows across the Jutland wetlands and provides an ideal environment for the growth of peat.

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Red-haired mummy

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