Skrydstrup Woman
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Unknown
Age 18-19 years old
Sex Female
Height N/A
Culture Originated in Denmark
Date(s) Died around 1300 BCE
Site Unearthed from a tumulus in Southern Jutland, in 1935
Current Location
Location On exhibition at the National Museum in Copenhagen
Catalog #


Once upon a time, this grinning skull belonged to a slim, tall young woman with long eyelashes, ash blonde hair and an elaborate hairstyle similar to a 1960s beehive. 

The Skrydstrup Woman was unearthed from a tumulus in Southern Jutland, in 1935. Carbon-14 dating showed that she had died around 1300 BCE; examination also revealed that she had been buried in the summertime. Her hair had been drawn up in an elaborate hairstyle, which was then covered by a horse hair hairnet made by sprang technique. She was wearing a blouse and a necklace as well as two golden earrings, showing she was of higher class.


After her death, Skrydstrup woman, who was only about 18 or 19 years old, was placed in an oak coffin on a bed of chervil. The coffin and herbs have long since decayed, but the body and its clothing were surprisingly well preserved. What’s more, they would have been even more intact had the hardpan layer above the grave not been broken a few years before the body was discovered.



Additional InfoEdit

Sometimes referred to as The Skrydstrup Girl.

External LinksEdit

Mummies of Denmark: Tollund Man, Skrydstrup Woman - Crystalinks. (n.d.). Retrieved February 03, 2016, from

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