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Girl of the Uchter Moor
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Girl of the Uchter Moor (Moora)
Age 17 to 19 years of age
Sex Female
Status Worker
Height Approximately 4ft 11in
Source
Culture Northwestern European Iron Age
Date(s) 764 to 515 B.C.
Site Unknown
Current Location
Location Uchte Germany
Catalog #

BiographyEdit

Girl of the Uchter Moor, Moora for short, is the name given to female bog body remains of the Iron Age. Moora was seen as a worker during her time due to the intense physical labour that she underwent, such as carrying water jugs while passing through the marshland. Moora also seemed as though she was primarily used as a tool for labour because of the malnutrition that she underwent and the two partial skull fractures that she eventually healed from.

MummificationEdit

With the use of a bog body mummification, archaeologist were able to discover every bone from Moora's body with the exception of one scapula. It was determined that when Moora was mummified, she was naked.

StudiesEdit

Although Moora was mummified during the Iron Age, her burial did not follow the normal practices of the time. Instead of being cremated, Moora had been mummified using bog body techniques. When Moora was originally discovered, she was believed to be a 16 year old girl that had disappeared in 1969. But with the use of DNA testing and radiocarbon dating, it was proven that she was a mummy from the Iron Age.

PathologyEdit

During her years, Moora had suffered from different diseases. Due to her chronic malnutrition, Moora suffered from bone decay and lack of bone growth. As well, she had been diagnosed with a benign tumor in her skull. Although Moora lived with many of these diseases for the majority of her life, her physical cause of death is unknown.

Additional InfoEdit

Over the years, Moora's face has been reconstructed four different times, where two of those reconstructions were digital.

External LinksEdit

http://archive.archaeology.org/1005/bogbodies/uchter_moor.html

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