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Grauballe Man (Hardback)

An Iron Age Bog Body Revisited

Ancient History > Prehistory > Iron Age

Imprint: Aarhus University Press
Pages: 351
Illustrations: many col and b/w illus
ISBN: 9788788415292
Published: 31st December 2007
Casemate UK Academic



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Grauballe Man is one of Denmark's best-preserved bog bodies, originally discovered in 1952. He had been killed by having his throat slit before being laid in the bog. Although scientific tests were carried out in 1952, it was felt that technological advancements warranted further testing in 2001-2. This large and well-presented book, excellent value for money, is intended both to present the result of these tests and to deliver a comprehensive portrait of Grauballe Man. Chapters deal with the 1952 discovery and conservation, then detail the new scientific proceedures. Additional information is supplied on his intestines and gut contents, his teeth and jaw, his hair, and dating is attempted more precisely. The book concludes by placing the experiences of Grauballe man in the context of other European bog bodies and examines the religious significance of boglands and human sacrifice in the Iron Age.

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