TOLLUND MAN:


Two brothers were casusally digging for peat in the area of Bjældskovdal.They found a body and both assumed it was the corpse of a recent murder and allerted authorities. Little did they know that they had just unburied one of the most well preserved bodies in history...
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Tollund Man

To further investigate this mysterious Tollund man, we will study his:

Discovery:
- May 8th 1950
- discovered by Viggo and Emil Højgaard
- the two brothers and their family were digging for peat to be used as fuel
they thought it was the body of a recent murder
- site surrounded by planks in a box to investigate thoroughly
- investigated by Peter Nielson and H. Hansen

The Tollund Man was discovered in a peat bog in Bjældskovdal, Denmark. The two brothers, Viggo and Emil Højgaard were digging with their family for peat to be used as fuel, when they found the body. This body looked so fresh that they presumed it was the corpse of a boy who had gone missing nearby. When police were notified, they passed the information on to the local Silkeborg Museum. The police were sure that a body found 2.5 metres down in the bog with no signs of recent digging around the site, implied an ancient discovery.


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Preservation:

The preservation of the tollund man was very significant. He was preserved under false pretenses it was accidental. A plant called peat moss which grows in the bog where tollund man aws found, gives off a small amount of acid which mixes with the water and hunmic acid, resulting in "bog acid" The bog makes it impossible for bacteria to grow which prevents the decomposition of organic material which resulted in the preservation of tollund man.

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Archaeology and Science show about his appearance:
The tolland man was a full grown adult male he was approimately 30-40 years of age, is height was measured at 161 cm. Tollung man was found with a solemn and calm look on his face, almost as if he were sleeping he was laying on his right side. Tollund man was cleanly shaven his hair was the the length of 1-2 cm. Archaeologist could not determine which colour tollund mans hair colour was but it was shown red rom the bog. His belt size was 77cm. He has with him a leather cap made of sheepskin and a braided leather rope around his neck.

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Life and Times
Tollund man was alive during the first period of the Iron Age (Celtic iron Age, or pre-Roman Iron Age), in this generation houses wre typically havled, half of th house was a stable with livestock and the other half was for familys to live in. People of the Iron Age didn't look much different then people today, is was just a different period. Clothes were mainly made of sheepskin and wool, childern and women would participate in farmwork, doing chores as such around the farm, ox's were usually pulling a plough this was a great help into doing chores and livinig everyday life.

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Death:

Tollund man was found with two leather thongs twisted as rope around his neck, he was encircled in a noose it was drawn tight around his throat and coiled over his shoulder and across his back. His death came across as painful, but the cold winter would have elimated much stress tollund man would have endured.

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