The bog bodies of Europe

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Link here. The peat bogs preserve the bodies, providing scientists a window into the past. However, the bodies exhibit one mysterious tendency: violent death.

Since the 18th century, the peat bogs of Northern Europe have yielded hundreds of human corpses dating from as far back as 8,000 B.C. Like Tollund Man, many of these so-called bog bodies are exquisitely preserved—their skin, intestines, internal organs, nails, hair, and even the contents of their stomachs and some of their clothes left in remarkable condition. Despite their great diversity—they comprise men and women, adults and children, kings and commoners—a surprising number seem to have been violently dispatched and deliberately placed in bogs, leading some experts to conclude that the bogs served as mass graves for offed outcasts and religious sacrifices. Tollund Man, for example, had evidently been hanged.

Read it all. It is a fascinating combination of history, archeology, and forensics.

One comment

  • Garry

    Thank you for that link; after reading the story I poked around the Internet to learn about peat in general, peat bogs, and related topics, as I realized I was very ignorant about a subject that has beeb very close to the lives of many people.

    I was surprised to see how much carbon is released from peat bog fires, people using peat as fuel, etc., and how much methane may be released if the massive bogs ever melt. But mostly I was shocked that I have never come across any references connecting peat to “climate change.”

    Either the alarmists (and others of the “environmental movement”) have taken advantage of this great opportunity for their propaganda and I’ve somehow missed it, or for some reason they’ve fail to mention it. If they’ve failed to mention it, is is because the main “culprits” are Indonesia and other developing nations who would be the beneficiaries of massive wealth distribution?

    In either case, if we’re going to take an objective look at the effects of CO2, methane, and other “greenhouse gases” on the environment, it seems to me that we ought to take a serious look at peat, instead of spending so much time and effort condemning those who drive SUVs, those who let their engine idle while waiting in a cold parking lot to pick up their kids from school, and other “meanies” that the do-gooders like to demonize.

    I now have more insight into where some of the carbon went after atmosphere’s CO2 content dropped drastically millions of years ago.

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