Windeby I
Human Mummy
File:Windeby I
Biographical Information
Name(s) Windeby I,

Windeby Girl

Age 16
Sex Male
Status unknown
Height unknown
Culture German
Date(s) 41 BCE to 118 CE.
Site Windeby
Current Location
Location The Landesmuseum, Germany
Catalog #


Windeby I is the name given to the bog body found preserved in a peat bog near Windeby, Northern Germany, in 1952. Until recently, the body was also called the Windeby Girl, because an archeologist believed it to be the body of a 14-year-old girl, because of its slight build. Prof. Heather Gill-Robinson, aCanadian anthropologist and pathologist, used DNA testing to show the body was actually that of a sixteen-year-old boy. The body has been radiocarbon-dated to between 41 BCE and 118 CE. 


The body was discovered by commercial peat cutters in 1952, and is now on display at The Landesmuseum at the Schloß Gottorf in Schleswig, Germany. Unfortunately, by the time the body was noticed by the peat cutters, and before the peat-cutting machinery could be shut down, a hand, a foot, and a leg had been severed from the body. The body had been very well preserved by the peat, and despite this damage it is still an important archaeological discovery.



Additional InfoEdit

The body appears to have a half-shaven head and a woollen blindfold tied across the eyes. Recent examinations have however established that the hair over the half of the scalp was not shaven, but had rather decomposed due to being exposed to oxygen a little longer than the rest of the body. The "blindfold" is in fact a woollen band, made using the sprang technique, that was probably used to tie back the boy’s shoulder-length hair and which had slipped down over his face after death. Evidence from the body suggests that the boy had been killed, possibly as a sacrifice or apunishment. This idea is supported by the observation that the body was discovered beneath rocks and branches, which were presumably used to hold the body down.

External LinksEdit


  1.  Gill-Robinson, Heather Catherine (2006). The iron age bog bodies of the Archaeologisches Landesmuseum, Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig, Germany. Manitoba: University of Manitoba. ISBN 978-0-494-12259-4.(Doctors thesis)
  2. Gebühr (2002) p. 47; cited in the corresponding article on German Wikipedia
  3. Diezel, Hage, Jankuhn, Klenk, Schaefer, Schlabow, Schürtrumpf, Spatz (1958). Zwei Moorleichenfunde aus dem DomlandsmoorPraehistorische Zeitschrift (in German) 36 (Berlin: de Gruyter). pp. 186 Fig 1.ISSN 0079-4848.

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