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Husbäke Man (German: Mann von Husbäke 1936, also known as Husbäke II) is a bog body that was discovered on 15 October 1936 inside a Torfstich (cut peat) in Edewecht, Lower Saxony.

Husbäke Man
Human Mummy
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Biographical Information
Name(s) unknown
Age 15-20
Sex male
Status dead/bog
Height 175m
Source
Culture Roman period
Date(s) Roman period
Site Vehnemoor, Edewecht
Current Location
Location Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany
Catalog # OL 5933

BiographyEdit

Husbäke Man was found lying face down when it was discovered on 15 October, 1936. When the body was discovered, its skin remained swollen and hydrated, and the skin had a "waxy white to light grey" color. The body was fully preserved from head to feet. The body was then taken to the State Museum in Oldenburg. There was no other options to preserve Husbäke Man other than drying it, so the skin appears leathery and dark today. Dissection report revealed that no other objects were found inside the body (Both et al., 2011).

MummificationEdit

It is a bog body, meaning that it was mummified in a peat bog.

StudiesEdit

The colour of its hair appear red but it was dyed by peat bog. By the time of his death, his hair should be light brown or blond (wikipedia).

A Carbon-14 study revealed that the man died between 75AD and 215AD (Van der Plicht et al., 2003).

Along with Bockhornerfeld Man and Neu England Man, it is a permanent collection on display at the Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch with the Husbäke man in Oldenburg, Germany.

PathologyEdit

There was no sign of violence found in its body. The lying face down position suggests that he might have accidentally crashed and drown in the mire (Bechara, 2002).

Additional InfoEdit

The project of the Virtual Bog Body has cooperated with Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch to virtually construct the head of Husbäke Man.

External LinksEdit

Link to Virtual Bog Body http://www.virtuellemoorleiche.com/introduction_e.html

Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch, where the body is presently located http://www.naturundmensch.de/

Article translated from the excerpt in Mann von Husbäke 1936 (Wikipedia German) https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mann_von_Husbäke_1936

ReferencesEdit

Both, F., Fansa, M., & Gräf, J. (2011). Faszination Moorleichen. 220 Jahre Moorarchäologie (1st ed.). Mainz: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Van der Plicht, J., Van der Sanden, W., Aertsa, A., & Streurmana, H. (2003). Dating bog bodies by means of 14C-AMS. Journal of Archaeological Science, 31(4), 471–491. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2003.09.012

Bechara, F. G. (2002). Histologische, elektronenmikroskopische, immunhistologische und IR-spektroskopische Untersuchungen an der Haut 2000 Jahre alter Moorleichen. Retrieved March 13, 2016, from http://www-brs.ub.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/netahtml/HSS/Diss/BecharaFalkGeorges/diss.pdf

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