grauballemanden

Denmark (Ancient Göte) Iron Age Bog man with Asian features - Grauballemannen by saamiblog on Flickr.

The Grauballe Man is a bog body that was uncovered in 1952 from a peat near to the village of Grauballe in Jutland, Denmark. The body is that of an adult male dating from the late 3rd century BC, during the early Iron Age. Based on the evidence of his wounds, he was most likely killed by having his throat slit open. His corpse was then deposited in the bog, where his body was naturally preserved for over two millennia. His was not the only bog body to be found in the peat bogs of Jutland, with other notable examples being Tollund Man and the Ellig Woman, thereby being a part of an established tradition at the time; it is commonly thought that these killings, including that of Grauballe Man, were examples of human sacrifice, a possibly important rite in Iron Age Germanic paganism.

Grauballemanden returned to the bog

Grauballemanden returned to the bog

I’ve so far not been able to find out when Grauballemanden was taken from Huset, the first museum where he was exhibited, and when he was transferred to another museum, the prehistoric museum Moesgaard Museum, but in 1970 he went on exhibition again and except for shorter periods, where new tests were taken and he was better taken care of, he stayed there until January 2013.

The old Moesgaard…

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He was a huge sensation

He was a huge sensation

Archeologists still think that Grauballemanden, who was found in a bog in Grauballe near the city Silkeborg in Jutland / Denmark in 1952, was sacrificed to a pagan goddess named Nerthus.

One would think that Grauballemanden was a slave who could be spared, but that’s not the case. He probably was a kind of clerk who took part in arranging the ceremonies for the goddess. He seemed to have been…

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