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Obenaltendorf Man
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Obenaltendorf Man
Age Unknown
Sex male
Status Unknown
Height Unknown
Source
Culture Unknown
Date(s) 380 CE
Site The Schwedenspeicher-Museum , Stade, Germany
Current Location
Location Lower Saxony
Catalog # Unknown
Obenaltendorf
Obenaltendorf head

Biography:

  • not much is known about this bog body.
  • he was found wrapped in his clothes
  • he was also found with 2 silver ornaments
  • the bog conserved his hair

Mummification

  • he was mummified naturally in a peat bog
  • the mummification happens because the temperatures are low, the water in the bog is very acidic and there's not a lot of oxygen
  • generally this keeps the internals well intact
  • the acidity may weir away the bones
  • once the body is taken from the bog it will start to decay quite quickly
  • because of this when analyzing the body must be in a generally cool environment, using distilled water

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