10 facts about bog bodies

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10 facts about bog bodies

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

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Chemistry & Corpses: The Science of Bog Bodies

Scientists keep finding ancient, well-preserved bodies in a creepy place

In , a strange body was discovered in the peat bogs of Shalkholz Fen, Germany. It was intact but ancient, and it became the first documented case of a bog body ever found. These bog mummies are unique in the fact that their hair, skin, and even clothes are incredibly well preserved , despite their age. Unlike many other mummies , even the dead's facial expressions are often left in place, offering archeologists valuable information about the time, place, and manner of these people's lives and deaths. Bog bodies - also called bog people - have been found around the world, and each find gives scientists a closer look at those who came before us. Sometimes the bog bodies tell dark tales, particularly concerning their deaths, a few of which suggest murder or ritual sacrifice. With the average mummy found in Egypt, the cause of death varies widely - disease, an accident, a bone or birth defect, and more.

A bog body is a human cadaver that has been naturally mummified in a peat bog. Such bodies, sometimes known as bog people , are both geographically and chronologically widespread, having been dated to between BCE and the Second World War. Unlike most ancient human remains, bog bodies often retain their skin and internal organs due to the unusual conditions of the surrounding area. These conditions include highly acidic water , low temperature , and a lack of oxygen which combine to preserve but severely tan their skin. While the skin is well-preserved, the bones are generally not, due to the acid in the peat having dissolved the calcium phosphate of bone. Such Iron Age bog bodies typically illustrate a number of similarities, such as violent deaths and a lack of clothing, leading archaeologists to believe that they were killed and deposited in the bogs as a part of a widespread cultural tradition of human sacrifice or the execution of criminals.

The bog itself is little more than a spongy carpet of moss, with a few sad trees poking out. An ethereal stillness hangs over it. A child would put it more simply: This place is really spooky. We tramped out to a desolate stretch of bog, trying to keep to the clumps of ocher-colored grass and avoid the clingy muck between them. The dead man wore a belt and an odd cap made of skin, but nothing else.

I don't know about you, but I'm into dead stuff. Recently dead, long dead, yucky, gross, awesome dead. They don't call me 'Bones' for nothing!.
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Exquisite Preservation of the Bog Bodies

Ben Gazur , Published January 28, Your spade hits something a little hard. When you pull back, you see a face staring at you. Turns out you were right; someone was murdered, but it was centuries ago. Peat bogs have the ability to preserve human bodies in a remarkably fresh condition.


  1. Floreal C. says:

    In , a strange body was discovered in the peat bogs of Shalkholz Fen, Germany. These bog mummies are unique in the fact that their hair, skin, and even.

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