Grauballe Man
Human Mummy
Grauballe Man
Biographical Information
Name(s) Grauballe Man
Age Around 30 years old
Sex Male
Status Human Sacrifice
Height 1.75m
Culture Germanic
Date(s) Late 3rd Century BC
Site Grauballe in Jutland, Denmark
Current Location
Location The Moesgaard Museum near Aarhus, Denmark
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The Grauballe Man is a bog body that was found on 26 April 1952 in a peat bog near Grauballe, Jutland, Denmark. It is believed that this man was a human sacrifice, His throat was slit and he entered the bog at age thirty.


The body was naturally mummified and extremely well preserved in the peat bog. In fact, it has been described as one of the most incredible discoveries of Denmark's prehistory because it was so well preserved. The facial expressions on the Grauballe Man's face are still evident, and his hair is still intact.


A post-mortem was conducted on the body, and then later on many other studies, including radiological study, CT scanning, 3D visualization, stereolithography and analyses of the gut contents.

Studies have concluded that he was not a man who worked a laborious job due to the smoothness of his hands. He also evidenced signs of starvation and malnutrition dating back to his childhood, his bones and spine also showed signs of a calcium deficiency and early stages of spindylosis, the degeneration of the lumbar regions of the spine and discs.

He is thought to be one of the better preserved of the bog bodies, his hair and well preserved hands and feet were an aid in research. His fingers had been so perfectly preserved that researchers were able to take his fingerprints. His liver was also almost preserved allowing researchers to identify his age and time of life.


In the Moesgaard Museum where Grauballe man is currently housed, you can have the opportunity to stand face-to-face with the most well-preserved bog body in the history of Denmark. He is in a small, dark room where he can be seen from all sides.

A professor of forensic medicine at Aarhus University examined the body at the time of his discovery reported "...the bones have been subjected to a decalcification process which has left them soft and capable of being bent and flattened, as has happened, for example with the bones of the head. On the front of the neck was found a large wound stretching from ear to ear. It lies high up the throat, and the edges are moderately smooth...."


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