Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Bog Peaple

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Bog Peaple

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The remains of hundreds of people have been discovered buried beneath bogs throughout Europe.

Men, women and children who walked the Earth thousands of years ago have been preserved in the peat to be rediscovered by future generations.

Some of the bog bodies have met extremely violent deaths which researchers believe are linked to religious ceremonies and human sacrifices ( demonstrating that bogs were centres of spiritual activities.

The Tollund Man was found in a Danish peat bog in 1950.

A noose was wrapped around his neck and tests on his stomach and intestines showed his last meal had been vegetable soup. He had been in the bog for 2,200 years before being discovered.

In 1904, two bodies were discovered in a bog in the Netherlands. It was assumed that the "Weerdinge couple" as they became known were a man and woman.

Recent research shows they are really the remains of two adult men ( prompting one Dutch newspaper to speculate that they were a gay couple who were "murdered by primitive tribes for their alternative lifestyle". …

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