Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Army from the Bog

Bogs in general have been a more spectacular field of study in archaeology. Throughout Ireland, Scotland, and Denmark, these anaerobic environments have preserved people, sites and artifacts for thousands of years. The bog body finds are well preserved, revealing information about the deceased individual that we rarely get to learn. The bodies found have hair, tattoos, intact brains, and even their stomach contents can be analyzed. They've also discovered amazing sites that have large portions of wooden structures and food preserved, like the prehistoric butter recovered. However, these finds are rare, singular individuals are found and they are often found by accident. Recently there have been a number of news articles about the entire army found in a bog in Denmark. Unlike other bog finds, this excavation was done purposefully and sought to address an ancient story about a massacre of Alken warriors.