The Tollund Man is the naturally mummified corpse of a man who lived during the 4th century BCE, during the period characterised in Scandinavia as the Pre-Roman Iron Age. He was found in 1950 on the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark, buried in a peat bog which preserved his body.
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.
The Tollund Man, found preserved in a bog in Denmark. He's well over 2000 years old. The head is surprisingly well-preserved, including his fur-lined leather hat, hair, facial whiskers, the braided line . . .
in denmark, 1950, two brothers were digging peat to be used as fuel when they came across what is now known as the tollund man. he still had hair, skin, and a five o'clock shadow, so they assumed it was a recent murder victim and called the police. upon arrival, they noticed rope around his neck: this wasn't a recent murder victim. in fact, the body was from 300-400 BC, and was shockingly well preserved by the peat.
Man, discovered in a Danish Bog in 1950, is approximately 2,400 years old yet looks like he died yesterday such is the excellent degree of tissue preservation due to the antibacterial effect of the acidic bog he was found in.
Tollund Man - Iron Age "bog person" preserved for over 2,300 years in the peat bogs of Tollund, Denmark. It is thought he was hanged as part of a ritual sacrifice, possibly to appease the fertility gods.