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Tollund Man
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    Born in Denmark
    Mummified corpse found buried in a peat bog on the Jutland Peninsula of Denmark
    Discovered by brothers Viggo and Emil Højgaard as they were cutting peat for their stove (May 8, 1950)
    Named Tollund Man after the local village
    Radiocarbon dated to have lived between 400-350 BC (the Pre-Roman Iron Age)
    Died at around age 40 by hanging (the rope used still around his neck)
    One of several 'bog people' discovered well preserved in bogs of Northern Europe
    Displayed at the Silkeborg Museum in Denmark
    He was so well preserved the brothers thought they stumbled upon a recent murder victim and called police.
    Even for his time period he is considered short (5 feet, 3 inches).
    It is not known whether he was killed for some crime he committed or used as a human sacrifice.
    Conservation techniques used at the time were inadequate and only his head remains - his body is a replica.
    NOVA on PBS aired a bog people show and as the best preserved he was labeled 'The Perfect Corpse.'
    He had a lousy last meal of gruel made of oats, flax, weeds, barley, bristle grass and various seeds that was duplicated, tasted and deemed 'dreadful.'
    Though he was murdered, unlike many other bog people that were tossed in haphazardly, he was gently laid to rest.
    His remains were studied and a wealth of info was obtained by archaeologists, forensic scientists, radiologists, paleobotanists and dentists.
    'The Tollund Man' was written in tribute to him by famed Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

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