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NARRABEEN MAN VS TOLLUND MAN
Transcript of NARRABEEN MAN VS TOLLUND MAN
WHERE AND HOW WERE THEY DISCOVERED?
The Narrabeen Man was found in 2005 near a bus stop in Narrabeen, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia when workers were digging holes for electricity cables.
The Tollund Man was found in 1950 in a bog in Tollund, Denmark by two brothers and their family, who were out digging for fuel at the time and saw something in the bog.
Narrabeen Man died in 2 000 B.C.E. Experts believe he died a slow and painful death. Scientists found many wounds to his body including multiple wounds from spears and his head dislodged from his body.
Tollund Man died in 210 B.C.E. He was found with a rope hanging around his neck identifying that he may have been hung.
WHEN AND HOW DID THEY DIE?
WHAT THEIR LIVES WERE LIKE?
When the Narrabeen Man was discovered, archaeologists found small fish bones in his stomach which they believe meant that his main diet consisted of mainly fish and other marine life. Scientists suspect that he was a lost man or he no longer belonged to a tribe and was most likely living as an outcast.
The Tollund Man lived in the Iron age. At that time, many groups or tribes had large communities of people. His death was believed to have been a sacrifice, meaning he was dedicated to a God.
HOW THEY WERE PRESERVED!
The Narrabeen man wasn't at all preserved; he was thrown into a hole with his head dislodged from his body, although when he was discovered the bones were still in good condition. Experts believe that a diet high in fish had helped to preserve his bones over time.
The Tollund Man was smoked the same way you would smoke meat to be preserved. Although it worked the smoke caused the body dry out and shrink. All of his features could still be made out and it was easy to see he was a male.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE DISCOVERED?
When Narrabeen Man was discovered specialists found fish bones , his last ever meal. 17 fractures, spread over his body, many of them spear wounds. There were a number of spear tips lodged in his spine which means that he probably had a violent death. His death may have been slow and would have been very painful. He was thrown in a shallow grave and this was not the custom for the Guringai Indigenous people who lived in this area at the time.
Since the discovery of the Tollund Man there have been continuous examinations on his bones including many x-rays and fingerprint examination. His body was in good shape and his last meal included many rare grains which supports the idea that he was a sacrifice.
INTERPRETATION OF EXPERTS?
The experts interpretations were that he was a coastal dweller and that he wasn't from Narrabeen because of his height (over 180cm tall) and unlike young men of the Guringai group his 2 front teeth hadn't been knocked out, an initiation ritual for when you become a man in that community. The shape of his hip bones bones and his size were evidence that he was a male. It is believed that he was murdered and chucked into a hole because of his many spear wounds and the position he was in when they found him (it looked like he was thrown in a hole and left).
The experts interpretations were that he had been hung, the rope around his neck giving evidence and the fact that he came from the time of the Iron Age. Because he was wearing nice clothes and had eaten a good meal before he died it is believe he was a sacrifice.
Today I will be comparing The Narrabeen Man with The Tollund Man. The Narrabeen Man is an Ancient Aboriginal and the Tollund Man is Ancient Man. The Tollund Man was found in Europe whilst the Narrabeen Man was found in Australia... Enjoy!
Wikipedia: Narrabeen Man
Wikipedia: Tollund Man
TheTollund Man: Everyday Life
The Tollund Man: Preservation