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Huldremose Woman
Huldremosekvinnan2
Biographical Information
Name(s) Huldremose Woman

Huldre Fen Woman

Age 40+
Sex Woman
Status Unknown
Height Unknown
Source
Culture Iron Age
Date(s) 160 BCE - 340 BCE
Site peat bog near Ramten, Jutland, Denmark
Current Location
Location National Museum of Denmark
Catalog # none

The Huldremose Woman bog body (also known as the Huldre Fen Woman) is an Iron Age mummy. This mummy was discovered by Niels Hanson (a school teacher) in a peat bog close to Ramten, Jutland, Denmark. (May 15, 1879).

When discovered the body was found with its legs bent behind its back. Also, the right arm was partially severed, believed to be caused by a shovel during the excavation. She wore a skirt, a scarf and a plaid cape, all made from wool. A comb and headband were also found on the body.

BiographyEdit

This woman is believed to be lived at least 40 years, which to the standards of the time was a very long life. Evidence on the body indicates that she had broken one of her legs, however it had healed before death. Little is known about the Huldremose Woman's life yet, much controversy surrounds her death. Lacerations on one of her feet was evaluated to have happened near the time of death. Also, a rope was found around her neck. It was first believed that she could have been hanged or strangled, but no evidence on the body suggests death by strangulation.

MummificationEdit

The mummification of the Huldremose Woman took place in a peat bog. The bogs acidity and oxygen levels allow for mummification of the body's soft parts such as skin, hair and stomach contents. Also, for this type of mummification to occur, the body needs to be sunk in water or dug into the ground. The body must be quickly covered, and the water needs to be cold. This woman is one of the most well preserved bog mummies, much like the Tollund Man and the Grauballe Man.

StudiesEdit

In 1999 a dietary analysis was conducted. This consisted of two samples of gut contents. Once analyzed it was discovered that the Huldremose Woman's last meal was rye bread.

PathologyEdit

Additional InfoEdit

- According the recent isotope analysis the wool from her clothing is believed to have been imported from Norway or Sweden

- Radiography reveals stubble of hair on the scalp as well of remains of the woman's brain inside the skull

External LinksEdit

http://en.natmus.dk/historical-knowledge/denmark/prehistoric-period-until-1050-ad/the-early-iron-age/the-woman-from-huldremose/the-last-meal-of-the-woman-from-huldremose/

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0108464X.1990.10590041?journalCode=rdja19

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