Bog Bodies Uncovered

Bog Bodies Uncovered

Solving Europe's Ancient Mystery

Book - 2015
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Some 2,000 years ago, certain unfortunate individuals were violently killed and buried not in graves but in bogs. What was a tragedy for the victims has proved an archaeologist's dream, for the peculiar and acidic properties of the bog have preserved the bodies so that their skin, hair, soft tissue, and internal organs--even their brains--survive. Most of these ancient swamp victims have been discovered in regions with large areas of raised bog: Ireland, northwest England, Denmark, the Netherlands, and northern Germany. They were almost certainly murder victims and, as such, their bodies and their burial places can be treated as crime scenes. The cases are cold, but this book explores the extraordinary information they reveal about our prehistoric past.

Bog Bodies Uncovered updates Professor P. V. Glob's seminal publication The Bog People, published in 1969, in the light of vastly improved scientific techniques and newly found bodies. Approached in a radically different style akin to a criminal investigation, here the bog victims appear, uncannily well-preserved, in full-page images that let the reader get up close and personal with the ancient past.
Publisher: New York, New York : Thames & Hudson, 2015.
ISBN: 9780500051825
0500051828
Characteristics: 223 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: McDermid, Val

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Jan 06, 2018

Natural bogs having preservative properties makes for some pretty fascinating and shocking modern-day discoveries while harvesting peat. Who are these ancient individuals, and why where they intentionally interred in a bog? The bog bodies herein are captivating and mysterious, and modern science allows researchers to perform impressive forensic feats toward discovering their histories. And, come on, who doesn't love bog bodies?

This book contains oodles of great information, excellent illustrations and color photos, and lots of compelling food for thought. Unfortunately, it also suffers from poor editing. Although each chapter was purportedly focused on a discrete topic, they were more or less indistinct from one another due to boundless repetition. The author also could not resist wandering frequently into the realm of conjecture which, to a reader accustomed to good scientific writing, was distracting and grating. Recommended for fans of history, archaeology and forensics, as long as you can look past misuses of "beg the question" without shuddering.

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