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The Bog Bodies

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Isabel Ashton

on 4 May 2014

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In the 1700s, hundreds of dead bodies were found in the muddy wetlands of Ireland.
The first bog body was found at the Netherlands in Ireland in 1791.
Some of the bodies were preserved so well that scientist could see their brains and internal organs (Tripzibit).
Peat is moss that preserves the bodies. Sometimes, if there is a lot of peat on a body, it will be perfectly preserved. Other times, when there is not as much peat moss, there bones and maybe some skin is preserved (The Windover People).

The Bog Bodies
The bog bodies were first discovered in 1791.
About seven hundred bodies have been found from Ireland to Russia.
Along with the bodies, a ton of other objects have been found in the bog, including shoes, skirts, belts, hats, scarves, musical instruments, weapons, jewelry, and even coins (Nephin).
Scientist also found out that before some of the people were killed and thrown into the bog, they got a big meal. Some of the bodies seemed to have surgery, too (Barclay).

The Bog Bodies
The bog waters are mostly swamps, where the moss makes the water brown. Peat and sphagnum are the acids in the bog that helps preserve the bodies.
Other acids discovered in the bog tan the bog bodies into leather, including the skin and clothes (Vergano).
If there is lots of peat and sphagnum on the bodies though, it will be almost perfect or perfectly preserved.
Besides preserving bodies, peat can also turn hair orange because of the chemicals in the bog. Most bodies found have orange hair, too (Tripzibit).
Most bodies are very light weight also since they have dried in the peat. When the bodies dry in the peat, there body will become hard and their skin will feel like worn out, cracking leather (Lobell).
The Bog Waters
Lots of bodies have been found and very few of them do not show any violence happened to them. For example, a twenty-five year old woman was first in the open waters but then ended up in the peat later. That woman could have drowned to death because no violence was found. Most of the bodies found though, were tortured to death. For example, a young girl, only sixteen years old, was hung and then stabbed right in the throat. Another woman was hung with a leather belt, that is still around her neck. One woman got her arm cut off also, before she was thrown into the bog to drown (Bodies of the Bog).

Death in the Bog
The most famous bog bodies yet is the Tollund Man though. The Tollund Man’s body is one of the most perfect preserved bodies yet. His body still has the same hat, clothes, and skin as it did when he died. Since he was hung, you can also see the same rope around his neck that he was killed in (Barclay).

Tollund Man
By Isabel Ashton

One theory states that the wetlands are a secret portal to another world. The people who think that thought the gods and spirits inhabited in the bog waters and the people in the Iron Age threw the most feared or different people in the bog for the gods and spirits. Also, they sacrificed family and friends so they could win the favor of the gods
Theories
Another theory is the people of the Iron Age were starving and were forced to eat weeds and chaff. They thought the only way to survive is if some people died. They forced the different or weird people to sacrifice themselves and then threw them into the bog so they did not have to feed as many people.

Theories
Theories
A third theory states that a rare amount of the bodies fell into the bog themselves. That theory also states that most of the people had violent deaths. They had violent deaths as a punishment of crimes or imperfections.
The last theory states that the different, the unnatural, and the cowards were forced to be sacrificed and then thrown into the bog to drown. Other people that were tortured broke a law like murdering or stealing. As a punishment of crime, the people were tortured and then thrown into the bog as a grave.
Theories
The most probable theory is the different, the unnatural, and the cowards were forced to be sacrificed. This is the most probable theory because it goes along with most of the bodies that were found, and it is the most reasonable. Sense most bodies found have some type of violence shown on them also, they could have been sacrificed and thrown into the bog, which goes along with the theory.
Theories
Theories
A third theory states that a rare amount of the bodies fell into the bog themselves. That theory also states that most of the people had violent deaths. They had violent deaths as a punishment of crimes or imperfections.
Theories
The Tollund Man
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