most people know the tollund man and Grauballemanden.
The special acidic and nutrient-poor environment have retained their skin and collapsed bodies, so as to more than 2,000 years after their death can still see their facial expressions.
Now tells scientists the history of ten neglected moseskeletter from Vesthimmerland in denmark, writes Science.dk.
Moseskeletter in contrast to the bog body preserved their bones, but their skin and hair gone to the bottom. Anyway save in its infancy, potentially, in lots of previously unknown knowledge.
Nine out of ten of the skeletons, we now have examined, has never before been described in scientific journals, although they are found before 1952. It is due to the archaeologists have been busy to investigate moseligene. It is a pity, for together they tell us more sides of the story about the people who were selected to be placed in the marsh, says Karin M. Frei, who is research professor at the national Museum.
The new study was published in the magazine Journal of Archaeological Science, in which Danish researchers describes the ten skeletons, which have been placed in bogs in north Jutland in the period of time between the neolithic and right up to the iron age.
the Tradition of throwing people in the marsh, or sacrifice them spans several thousand years and several eras. But it is still a mystery, who was chosen to end his days in the marsh and why.
Previously we thought that it was criminals who should be punished. But among the newly-examined the skeletons of two children, respectively six and eight years, as well as a woman with an obvious disability.
- I do not believe in the explanation that they were criminals. Not when it comes to small children and a woman, if lårknogle stack so skewed off to the side, that she must have had much trouble walking, says Bjarne Henning Nielsen, who is research director and curator at Vesthimmerland Museum and first author of the scientific article.
the Woman in the study called the VMA 2367, also has the more colloquial name Gøttrupkvinden.
She suffered from a strange disorder where her one thigh bone stack 90 degrees out from the hip, and apparently it was not an injury she received in connection with the death.
When you look down over the ten skeletters medical record in the new study, one could get the impression that they were a group of weakling.
Infections, rheumatoid arthritis, rotten teeth, broken knees, and a deformed hip. But the experts estimate that in its infancy, has not been in a worse condition than gennemsnitsbefolkningen.
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