Koelbjerg Woman
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Not Applicable
Age 20 to 25
Sex Female
Status Not Applicable
Height 155-160cm (5"1-5"3)
Culture Maglemosian
Date(s) 8000BC, 1941, 1983
Site Lake Lucerne
Current Location
Location Møntergården Museum, Denmark
Catalog #


The Koelbjerg Woman is the oldest known bog body and the oldest set of human bones found in Denmark, dating back to around 8000 BC. Her remains are held in the Møntergården Museum in Odense, Denmark.


The Koelbjerg Woman's mummification is called bog body, which occurs when a body is trapped under unusual conditions, usually in a body of water. Conditions usually include highly acidic water, low temperatures, and lack of oxygen, resulting in tan, well-preserved skin.

Studies and PathologyEdit

The complete skeleton was not found, but anthropological investigations revealed the woman's height of about 155-160cm (roughly 5"1 to 5"3). Her skeleton revealed no signs of disease or malnutrition. An isotope analysis indicated that her diet mainly consisted of seafood (crustaceans, fish), and plants

In 1941, a pollen analysis was performed on the inside of the skull, dating the body back to Maglemosian culture (around 8000 BC). A Carbon 14 test in 1983 confirmed that the body was dated back to Maglemosian culture

Additional InfoEdit

  • The Koelbjerg Woman is the oldest known bog body ever discovered.
  • 2.5km southwest of Lake Lucerne, remains of Maglemosian settlements were discovered, where many Koelbjerg women would have lived.




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