So how do bog people get preserved ?
This is quite an unusual body and looks like a headless, legless boxer. It was found in June 2003 in Ireland and dates from between 365 and 175 BCE. He was tall, and in his early 20s.
The cutting of the body seemed to happen at the time of death. The body had injuries, one on the arm, and cuts under each nipple. Even stranger, he had an arm band which was preserved as well.
His lungs and stomach were so well preserved that scientists could tell he had pleurisy and that his last meal was wheat and buttermilk.
Like Clonycavan Man, OldCroghan Man was thought to be a king that was sacrificed.
The problem for museumsMuseums are very careful in the way that they show human remains, and a lot of the time they try not to show human remains at all. They see it very important that human remains are treated with respect (I do as well).
The bog people are very important exhibits, though. Dad said the way the remains were shown was very respectful. Each body was in a full sized glass case, like a coffin, which helped preserve the body in the same condition by not allowing moisture out or bacteria in. Around the coffin was a wall in a spiral, so when you walked into each one, it was like a mini tomb.
Baronstown West Man
This body one is much different to the rest because he was skeletonised. He was wearing a leather cloak and that he had branches in his body. He was found in 1953 and he was thought to have died in 200-300 CE (AD).
There aren't many chances to look at 2,000 year old people and look at their skin and hair. Even though I was not there, I still think that this is a really interesting process. I hope I will get a chance to visit !
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