Monday, January 12, 2009

The Tollund Man from Iron Age /
Silkeborg Museum, Jutland

The Tollund Man was discovered by two brothers from Tollund in 1950 in a bog in Bjældskovdal. (close to Tollund and Bølling Sø). He is probably the most well-preserved body from pre-historic times in the world. He was approximately 30 to 40 years old when he died. The examinations showed that he measured 161 cm when he was discovered, but it is likely that he shrank a little during his stay in the bog. The head is amazingly well-preserved - he looks as if he is sleeping. His hair is short and covered in a leather cap made of sheepskin. He had a rope around his neck, one of the indications which told the forensic examiners that the Tollund Man had been hanged. He was probably a sacrifice to the gods.

The stomach contents were examined by a specialist in plants from the Iron Age. There were no traces of meat, fish or fresh fruit, only traces of grains and seed. The meal consisted of some kind of porridge or gruel made primarily of barley and flaxseed, false flax and knotgrass and about 40 different kinds of seeds.

Read the full story: The Tollund Man (permanent exhibition: Silkeborg Museum )

photo 10/1-2009: stig bachmann nielsen Naturplan foto

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