in denmark, 1950, two brothers were digging peat to be used as fuel when they came across what is now known as the tollund man. he still had hair, skin, and a five o'clock shadow, so they assumed it was a recent murder victim and called the police. upon arrival, they noticed rope around his neck: this wasn't a recent murder victim. in fact, the body was from 300-400 BC, and was shockingly well preserved by the peat.

in denmark, 1950, two brothers were digging peat to be used as fuel when they came across what is now known as the tollund man. he still had hair, skin, and a five o'clock shadow, so they assumed it was a recent murder victim and called the police. upon arrival, they noticed rope around his neck: this wasn't a recent murder victim. in fact, the body was from 300-400 BC, and was shockingly well preserved by the peat.

10 Ancient Faces – best preserved bodies of the last 5,000 years | this  Tocharian female is a Tarim mummy and lived around 1,000 BC.  She was tall, with a high nose and long flaxen blond hair, perfectly preserved in ponytails.  The weave of her clothing appears similar to Celtic cloth.  She was around 40 years-old when she died.

10 Ancient Faces – best preserved bodies of the last 5,000 years | this Tocharian female is a Tarim mummy and lived around 1,000 BC. She was tall, with a high nose and long flaxen blond hair, perfectly preserved in ponytails. The weave of her clothing appears similar to Celtic cloth. She was around 40 years-old when she died.

Victorian mummy - "Incredibly, they would often keep the body of an infant and, once it was mummified, they would dress the baby's body and keep it as a memento. It was the equivalent of the modern day taxidermy of a treasured pet."

Victorian mummy - "Incredibly, they would often keep the body of an infant and, once it was mummified, they would dress the baby's body and keep it as a memento. It was the equivalent of the modern day taxidermy of a treasured pet."

Melting glaciers in northern Italy reveal corpses of WW1 soldiers. This photo shows the remains of two Austrian soldiers found on the Presena Glacier in 2012.

Melting glaciers in northern Italy reveal corpses of WW1 soldiers

Melting glaciers in northern Italy reveal corpses of WW1 soldiers. This photo shows the remains of two Austrian soldiers found on the Presena Glacier in 2012.

Llullaillaco Maiden-a 15 year old girl sacrificed during the Inca Empire for both purposes of religious rite and social control. She was chosen a year prior to her death, fed a ritualistic diet for an approximate twelve months to make her gain weight, then was drugged and left on the shrine at Volcano Llullaillaco, where she was left to die of exposure. For five hundred years, her body had been preserved at 82 ft. She is considered to be the best preserved Andean mummy ever uncovered.

Preserved mummy of 500-year-old Inca 'Ice Maiden' wows visitors

Llullaillaco Maiden-a 15 year old girl sacrificed during the Inca Empire for both purposes of religious rite and social control. She was chosen a year prior to her death, fed a ritualistic diet for an approximate twelve months to make her gain weight, then was drugged and left on the shrine at Volcano Llullaillaco, where she was left to die of exposure. For five hundred years, her body had been preserved at 82 ft. She is considered to be the best preserved Andean mummy ever uncovered.

Kentucky Mummy (National Museum of Health and Medicine)

Kentucky Mummy (National Museum of Health and Medicine) USA. Shows an early example of the effectiveness of arsenic in embalming.

The Suebian knot (German: Suebenknoten) is a historical male hairstyle ascribed to the tribe of the Germanic Suebi. The knot is attested by Tacitus in his 1st century CE work Germania, found on art by and depictions of the Germanic peoples, and worn by bog bodies.

The Suebian knot (German: Suebenknoten) is a historical male hairstyle ascribed to the tribe of the Germanic Suebi. The knot is attested by Tacitus in his 1st century CE work Germania, found on art by and depictions of the Germanic peoples, and worn by bog bodies.

The Huldremose woman, 2nd century BC.   Found in a peat turf at Huldremose in Denmark. She wore a skirt of wool, a scarf and two skin capes. The woman was more than 40 years old when she ended up in the bog. She was an old woman by Iron Age standards of life expectancy.

The Huldremose woman, 2nd century BC. Found in a peat turf at Huldremose in Denmark. She wore a skirt of wool, a scarf and two skin capes. The woman was more than 40 years old when she ended up in the bog. She was an old woman by Iron Age standards of life expectancy.

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