Borremose Woman
Human Mummy
Borremose III
Biographical Information
Name(s) Borremose Woman/Borremose III
Age 20-35 years old
Sex Female
Culture Nordic Bronze Age
Date(s) c. 770 (+/-100) BCE
Site Borremose peat bog

Himmerland, Denmark

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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 cause of her death is unknown.


The Borremose Woman 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.


On one side of her head the hair and scalp were separated, however this was found to be from the shovels of the peat diggers.

Her skull and face were crushed. This occurred after her death and was caused by the demineralization of her bones as well as the pressure of the peat on her body.

Her neck was deteriorated.

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