Denmark’s Bog Bodies Reveal Secrets

In 1950, Tollund Man’s discoverers “found a face so fresh they could only suppose they had stumbled on a recent murder.” (Christian Als)

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Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets

by Joshua Levine, Photographs by Christian Als/Smithsonian Magazine  May 2017

If you’re looking for the middle of nowhere, the Bjaeldskovdal bog is a good place to start. It lies six miles outside the small town of Silkeborg in the middle of Denmark’s flat, sparse Jutland peninsula. The bog itself is little more than a spongy carpet of moss, with a few sad trees poking out. An ethereal stillness hangs over it. A child would put it more simply: This place is really spooky.

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