Bog Bodies Uncovered Solving Europe s Ancient Mystery

Bog Bodies Uncovered  Solving Europe s Ancient Mystery
Author: Miranda Aldhouse-Green
Publsiher: Thames & Hudson
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2015-09-08
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9780500772980

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The grisly story of the bog bodies, updated via details of archaeological discovery and crime-scene techniques Some 2,000 years ago, certain unfortunate individuals were violently killed and buried not in graves but in bogs. What was a tragedy for the victims has proved an archaeologist’s dream, for the peculiar and acidic properties of the bog have preserved the bodies so that their skin, hair, soft tissue, and internal organs—even their brains—survive. Most of these ancient swamp victims have been discovered in regions with large areas of raised bog: Ireland, northwest England, Denmark, the Netherlands, and northern Germany. They were almost certainly murder victims and, as such, their bodies and their burial places can be treated as crime scenes. The cases are cold, but this book explores the extraordinary information they reveal about our prehistoric past. Bog Bodies Uncovered updates Professor P. V. Glob’s seminal publication The Bog People, published in 1969, in the light of vastly improved scientific techniques and newly found bodies. Approached in a radically different style akin to a criminal investigation, here the bog victims appear, uncannily well-preserved, in full-page images that let the reader get up close and personal with the ancient past.

Bog bodies

Bog bodies
Author: Melanie Giles
Publsiher: Manchester University Press
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2020-12-15
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781526150172

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This electronic version has been made available under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) open access license. The ‘bog bodies’ of north-western Europe have captured the imaginations of poets and archaeologists alike, allowing us to come face-to-face with individuals from the past. Their exceptional preservation permits us to examine minute details of their lives and deaths, making us reflect poignantly on our own mortality. But, as this book argues, the bodies must be resituated within a turbulent world of endemic violence and change. Reinterpreting the latest continental research and new discoveries, and featuring a ground-breaking ‘cold case’ forensic study of Worsley Man, Manchester Museum’s ‘bog head’, it brings the bogs to life through both natural history and folklore, revealing them as places that were rich and fertile yet dangerous. The book also argues that these remains do not just pose practical conservation problems but also philosophical dilemmas, compounded by the critical debate on if – and how – they should be displayed.

The Bog People

The Bog People
Author: Peter Vilhelm Glob
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 196
Release: 2010-05
Genre: Bog bodies
ISBN: 0571270905

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This classic book about the remains of iron-age people preserved in peat-bogs throws fascinating light on ancient ways of life, religion and rituals. During the last two centuries, workers in bogs throughout Europe have often accidentally exposed sunken human bodies that looked to them like incarnate devils. Actually, they were being confronted with their own ancestors of two thousand and more years ago. The bog waters have kept the bodies from decay, sometimes even preserving the facial expression at the moment of death. Most of these bog people bear signs of violent ends. Are they murder victims, sacrificial victims, or executed criminals? Acting as a consultant after the discovery of one such body, Professor Glob noted that the anguished face seemed peaceful when viewed apart from the means of death: the rope still tight around the neck. Later he perceived a connection between these bodies and a fertility goddess often portrayed with neck chains. In The Bog People, Glob unravels the dark, forbidding background of their story.

Bodies from the Bog

Bodies from the Bog
Author: James M. Deem
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 52
Release: 1998
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 0618354026

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Describes the discovery of bog bodies in northern Europe and the evidence which their remains reveal about themselves and the civilizations in which they lived.

Bog Bodies Sacred Sites and Wetland Archaeology

Bog Bodies  Sacred Sites and Wetland Archaeology
Author: Bryony Coles,John M. Coles,Mogens Schou Jørgensen
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 252
Release: 1999
Genre: Antiquities, Prehistoric
ISBN: PSU:000043261352

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The Mysterious Bog People

The Mysterious Bog People
Author: Canadian Museum of Civilization,Glenbow Museum
Publsiher: Zwolle [Netherlands] : Waanders Publishers
Total Pages: 140
Release: 2002
Genre: Bog bodies
ISBN: IND:30000085790487

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Bodies in the Bog and the Archaeological Imagination

Bodies in the Bog and the Archaeological Imagination
Author: Karin Sanders
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 340
Release: 2009-12
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780226734040

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Over the past few centuries, northern Europe’s bogs have yielded mummified men, women, and children who were deposited there as sacrifices in the early Iron Age and kept startlingly intact by the chemical properties of peat. In this remarkable account of their modern afterlives, Karin Sanders argues that the discovery of bog bodies began an extraordinary—and ongoing—cultural journey. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Sanders shows, these eerily preserved remains came alive in art and science as material metaphors for such concepts as trauma, nostalgia, and identity. Sigmund Freud, Joseph Beuys, Seamus Heaney, and other major figures have used them to reconsider fundamental philosophical, literary, aesthetic, and scientific concerns. Exploring this intellectual spectrum, Sanders contends that the power of bog bodies to provoke such a wide range of responses is rooted in their unique status as both archeological artifacts and human beings. They emerge as corporeal time capsules that transcend archaeology to challenge our assumptions about what we can know about the past. By restoring them to the roster of cultural phenomena that force us to confront our ethical and aesthetic boundaries, Bodies in the Bog excavates anew the question of what it means to be human.

Bog Bodies

Bog Bodies
Author: Natalie Jane Prior
Publsiher: Allen & Unwin Academic
Total Pages: 95
Release: 1996-09-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 1864482435

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An exploration of preserved human remains tells the stories of druid sacrifices found in the bogs of Britain, mummies from Greenland and Egypt, a five thousand-year-old man frozen by the glaciers of the Italian Alps, and the mysterious Knight of St. Bees.