The Bog Bodies and What They Tell Us About the Past Essays

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Assignment on: The bog bodies and what they tell us about the past

What they tell us… clothing- fabrics, fashion etc. hairstyles.… physical diseases – what was around and how they treated it. Also height and physical things. Punishment and ritual killing.. how and why . day top day things… food, tools invented etc.

In Europe and Britian, in areas of boggy, marshy soil, several well-preserved bodies have been found. They were prevented from decaying by the airless conditions of the bog. Due to their excellent preservation, they tell us many things about the past. We learn about punishment and human sacrifice, fashion and materials used, hairstyles and jewellery, physical diseases and how they treated them, diet, and tools and
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The bog bodies could also have been punished. Descriptions from roman historians about the Celts describe methods of punishment, including being drowned in a bog. Many bodies show signs of violence that fit with these descriptions. While we can’t be sure exactly why they dies, we are still provided with lots of information and hints about their customs, rituals and religion.
Many bog bodies still have pieces of clothing intact, which tell us a great deal about fashion and materials used at the time. Elling Woman was wrapped in one sheepskin cape, and another covered her legs and feet. She wore a woven belt around her waist. She also had an elaborately plaited hairstyle. Huldremose Woman, found in 1879, was accompanied by several pieces of clothing: two skin capes, and a woolen skirt, scarf, and hair band. Several years later a large woolen garment was discovered near the place where the body was found. The remains of Emmer-Erfscheidenveen Man were found in 1938 in the southern part of Drenthe in the Netherlands. The body was poorly preserved, but the remains of his woolen undergarment survive. The textile is executed in a plain tabby weave and is decorated with embroidery along the hem. The man lived in the second half of the Bronze Age, sometime between 1310 and 1050 B.C. In 1944 Søgårds Mose in Denmark yielded a bog body of which only the arms and legs were preserved. The legs were covered with woolen wrappings,

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