Bog Bodies @ Mummy Tombs




Three Bog Bodies (Oldenburg, Germany)


Bockhornerfeld Man

Bockhornerfeld Man (discovered in 1934) was found lying on his right side, well pinned down. In fact, two long branches had been placed parallel on top of the body and secured into the peat in order to keep him at the bottom of the bog. An animal-skin cape and a piece of woolen fabric covered the body when it was discovered.



Husbäke Man

Husbäke Man (discovered in 1936) was found lying face down in a bog near Ammerland.

Scientists believe that he was about 20 years old when he died and that he was alive during the Roman period. A look inside his intestines revealed that he had eaten fish shortly before his death. His hair was most likely not red when he died, but light brown or blond; chemicals in the bog would have colored his hair naturally over the centuries.





Neu England Man

Neu England Man was found in 1941 in the Lengener Moor near Ammerland. Scientific study has revealed that he was between 40 and 50 years old when he died. Carbon-14 dating also indicates that he lived during the Roman period. 

His state of preservation has deteriorated over the years. I have not been about to find any written sources that comment on the cause of his death, though his face seems to indicate that he was a victim of considerable violence.



Where to see them

The Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch (Oldenburg, Germany) displays all three bodies in an excellent exhibit about bogs and the bodies found there.