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12.12.2020

Huldremose Woman, Jutland

The female Huldremose, is a bog body recovered in 1879 from a peat bog near Ramten, Jutland , Denmark . Carbon dating analysis 14 showed that the woman lived during the Iron Age, from about 160 BC to 340 AD. The mummified remains are on display at the National Museum of Denmark. The exquisite clothing worn by the Huldremose woman has been reconstructed and exhibited in several museums.

On May 15, 1879, the body was discovered by Niels Hanson, a schoolteacher in Ramten, Denmark, after he had dug a meter into the peat. Hanson then reported the find to a fellow teacher, who notified the police, as well as a pharmacist, who moved the body to a nearby barn for examination. The corpse was later donated to the National Museum of Copenhagen. 

The body was found with its legs bent behind its back and its right arm nearly severed. It is believed that the arm was damaged by a shovel during the excavation. Other than that, the corpse was intact.

The woman had broken one leg before she died, although it had healed before she died. She was wearing a plaid cape, a scarf, and a skirt, all made of wool. A comb and a headband were also found. The wounds on one of the legs were thought to be postmortem injuries caused by a shovel, until it was determined that they had occurred shortly before death. A rope was also found around the neck of the body, suggesting that she had been hung or strangled, although it may have been a necklace. 

The body was re-examined non-invasively in 1990, and a dietary analysis was performed in 1999. Radiographs showed hair stubble on the scalp, as well as brain remains inside the skull . The bones were demineralized, as were many other bog bodies. Dietary analysis consisted of two samples of intestinal contents, which showed that the woman's last meal was rye bread 

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