Essay about The Bog Bodies and What They Tell Us About the Past

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Assignment on: The bog bodies and what they tell us about the past What they tell us… clothing- fabrics, fashion etc. hairstyles.… physical diseases – what was around and how they treated it. Also height and physical things. Punishment and ritual killing.. how and why . day top day things… food, tools invented etc. In Europe and Britian, in areas of boggy, marshy soil, several well-preserved bodies have been found. They were prevented from decaying by the airless conditions of the bog. Due to their excellent preservation, they tell us many things about the past. We learn about punishment and human sacrifice, fashion and materials used, hairstyles and jewellery, physical diseases and how they treated them, diet, and tools and…show more content…
Lindow man was strangled, hit in the head and had his throat cut. Were these people the victims of superstition? Were they human sacrifices? Lots of evidence seems to point this way. The people who inhabited northern Europe at the time of the bog bodies were extremely superstitious. They were the ones who invented the ‘boggymen’, today’s bogeyman. They believed spirits of Gods dwelled in tress and watery places. Over 400 objects that were sacrificed to the Gods have been recovered to the bogs, so it fits that people were sacrificed too. Sandra Olsen, curator of anthropology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, says “ Sacrifice was done to curry favor with the gods—for greater fertility for the crops, greater fertility for the animals, and greater fertility for the women. On the flip side, sacrifice was also done to appease the gods to prevent them from getting angry and inflicting punishment such as famine or plagues.” Several bodies showed other signs of ritual. Heads had been shaved, and special meals consisting of charred bread and certain pollens had been eaten just prior to death. When Romans began invading the British Isle in 55 BC, they reported that Iron Age Celts often performed ritual sacrifices during “Beltain,” a spring festival that occurred when mistletoe would have been in bloom. During these celebrations, pieces of bannock bread—including one charred piece—were doled out, and the soon-to-be lucky stiff who picked the
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