Borremose III OR Barremose Women
Biographical Information
Name(s) Borremose III
Age About 20 - 35 years old
Sex Female
Status Unknown
Height Unknown
Culture Nordic Bronze Age
Date(s) 770 B.C.E.
Site Borremose peat bog, Himmerland, Denmark
Current Location
Location Natural History Museum
Catalog #

The Borremose Woman was discovered in 1948 in a peat bog in Himmerland, Denmark. She determined to be about 25-30 years old at the time of her death.


The Borremose III was mummified in a peat bog. Since her mummification was not performed ritually, her organs were not removed from her body. Like other bog bodies, the Borremose Woman was partially preserved in the peat and had severely tanned skin due to the natural conditions of the bog.


In 1984, a forensic examination of Borremose Woman was undertaken by Andersen and Geert Inger and Elisabeth Munksgaard of the Natural History Museum in Copenhagen. Their examination confirmed that damage to the scalp had not occurred before death. The scientists were unable to make any conclusion as to the cause of death whether by murder, suicide, accident or natural causes.


Borremose had been strangled by hand and her skull was crushed by peat.

Additional Info

There are three bodies were found in Southern Borremose in Himmerland, Denmark. Borremose II was found about 1km away from Borremose Man, while Borremose III was found about 400 meters away from him. Borremose III was uncover from peat at 1948.

Borremose III was found lying face down, the body wrapped in a woolen garment. The scalp and hair on one side of the head had been separated; however, this was considered to be damage caused by the shovels of the peat diggers. The skull and face were crushed, and deterioration of the neck prevented detection of strangulation. Re-examination showed that the damage to the skull had happened after death and was caused by demineralization of the bones as well as pressure from the peat.

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