Husbäke Man
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) unknown
Age 15-20
Sex male
Status dead/bog
Height 175m
Culture Roman period
Date(s) Roman period
Site Vehnemoor, Edewecht
Current Location
Location Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany
Catalog # OL 5933
Husbäke Man (German: Mann von Husbäke 1936, also known as Husbäke II)is a bog body that was discovered on 15 October 1936 inside a Torfstich (peat bog) in Edewecht, Lower Saxony. Husbäke Man was found lying face down when it was discovered. The skin remained swollen and hydrated, and the skin had a "waxy white to light grey" color. The body was fully preserved from head to feet. The body was then taken to the State Museum in Oldenburg. There was no other options to preserve Husbäke Man other than drying it, so the skin appears leathery and dark today. Dissection report revealed that no other objects were found inside the body (Both et al., 2011).


It is a bog body,  it was naturally mummified in a peat bog.


The colour of its hair appear red but it was dyed by the chemicals in the peat bog. At the time of his death, his hair should be light brown or blond.

A Carbon-14 study revealed that the man died between Ad 75 and  Ad 215 (Van der Plicht et al., 2003).

Along with Bockhornerfeld Man and Neu-England Man, it is a permanent collection on display at the Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch with the Husbäke man in Oldenburg, Germany.


There was no sign of violence found in its body. The lying face down position suggests that he might have accidentally fallen and drown in the mire (Bechara, 2002).


The project of the Virtual Bog Body has cooperated with Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch to virtually construct the head of Husbäke Man.

External Links

Link to Virtual Bog Body

Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch, where the body is presently located

Article translated from the excerpt in Mann von Husbäke 1936 (Wikipedia German)äke_1936


Both, F., Fansa, M., & Gräf, J. (2011). Faszination Moorleichen. 220 Jahre Moorarchäologie (1st ed.). Mainz: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Van der Plicht, J., Van der Sanden, W., Aertsa, A., & Streurmana, H. (2003). Dating bog bodies by means of 14C-AMS. Journal of Archaeological Science, 31(4), 471–491. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2003.09.012

Bechara, F. G. (2002). Histologische, elektronenmikroskopische, immunhistologische und IR-spektroskopische Untersuchungen an der Haut 2000 Jahre alter Moorleichen. Retrieved March 13, 2016, from

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