The Grauballe Man- In 1952, explorers where walking in Grauballe, Denmark when they stumbled across a peat bog which they thought had an animal trapped inside. Upon closer inspection, they discovered that the bog was in fact the final resting place of a perfectly preserved adult man.
Researchers have determined that the man is from 3 BC, during the Iron Age. Due to the nature of the find, it has been described as one of Denmark’s most spectacular discoveries in it’s prehistory.
His was not the only bog body to be found in the peat bogs of Denmark. The Tollund Man and the Elling Woman were found in the same area, which leads to an interesting possibility: Is this an example of a traditional sacrifice at the time? It is commonly thought that these killings, including that of Grauballe Man, were ritual killings, possibly an important rite in Iron Age Germanic paganism.