Grauballe Man
Human Mummy
File:Grauballemanden stor.jpg
Biographical Information
Name(s) Grauballe Man
Age Around 30 years old
Sex Male
Status Human Sacrifice
Height 1.75m
Culture Germanic
Date(s) Late 3rd Century BC
Site Grauballe in Jutland, Denmark
Current Location
Location The Moesgaard Museum near Aarhus, Denmark
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The Grauballe Man is a bog body that was found on 26 April 1952 in a peat bog near Grauballe (hence the name Grauballe Man), Jutland, Denmark. It is believed that this man was a human sacrifice, having his throat slit and dying around the age of thirty.


The body was naturally mummified and extremely well preserved in the peat bog. In fact, it has been described as one of the most incredible discoveries of Denmark's prehistory because it was so well preserved. The facial expressions on the Grauballe Man's face are still evident, and his hair is still intact.


A post-mortem was conducted on the body, and then later on many other studies, including radiological study, CT scanning, 3D visualisation, stereolithography and analyses of the gut contents.

Additional InfoEdit

In the Moesgaard Museum where Grauballe man is currently housed, you can have the opportunity to stand face-to-face with the most well-preserved bog body in the history of Denmark. He is placed in a small, dark room where he can be seen from all sides, giving you the feeling of what it would've been like to be buried in a peat bog.


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