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Peat bog mummies


The discovery of numerous bodies preserved by the tannic acid in the bogs of Northern Europe caused sensation after sensation.  They are evidence of the brutal ritual demands of Iron Age beliefs, described by classical authors such as Tacticus who wrote of human sacrifice among Celtic and German tribes.

Use the following resources to find out: How have these mummies been so amazingly preserved?  What mysteries do they hold?

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  • Lawless, J, Cameron, K, Young C., (1996), 'How are bodies preserved?' in Unlocking the past: preliminary studies in the ancient world, Southbank, Vic., pp. 52-58.

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