in 1938 in the
Netherlands' Bourtangermoor, the Emmer-Erfscheidenveen is an
unusual bog body, according to Dutch archaeologist W.A.B. van
der Sanden. A Bronze Age body that dates to 1200 B.C.,
Emmer-Erscheidenveen Man is clothed--which makes him a rarity.
Most Bronze Age bog bodies are rarely associated with clothing
(for a variety of reasons). In fact, as van der Sanden writes,
"the body was accompanied by so many garments that we can
dress the man completely": woollen underwear, sheepskin
cap, calfskin cape, deerskin shoes.
The body itself was
not found in good condition, and the only reason why he is
referred to as a man is because of the type of clothing found
with "him." Only two bones were recovered: the tongue
bone (partial) and a small bone from his foot or hand. Van der
Sanden speculates that if the tongue bone was broken at the time
of his death, Emmer-Erfscheidenveen Man may have been strangled,
though there is no other evidence to suggest this.