Rendswühren Man
Human Mummy
Rendswühren Man
Biographical Information
Name(s) Rendswühren Man
Age Estimated between 40-50 years
Sex Male
Status unknown
Height unknown
Culture unknown
Date(s) 100 B.C.- A.D. 100
Site Heidmoor Fen, near Kiel in Germany
Current Location
Location Germany
Catalog # Bog Bodies of the Iron Age



The Rendswühren Man was discovered in 1871, at the Heidmoor Fen, near Kiel in Germany.

Rendswühren Man was between the ages of 40 to 50 years. He died in the 1st century AD. He is believed to have been beaten to death and was buried in his clothing, a rectangular wool cloak, and a fur cape.

His preserved body was exhibited on a farm cart in a nearby barn. During this period visitors helped themselves to souvenirs both from the body itself and from the clothing. He became the first bog body to be photographed.


In 1871 German scientists attempted to smoke the remains of Rendswühren Man for preservation. It worked, but the resulting dehydration caused the body to shrink.


Rendswühren Man was discovered by a self-taught German scholar named Johanna Mestorf who coined the word Moorleiche (bog body) and published the first catalogue of such finds.

Textile typologically the clothing found with the body has been dated into the Roman Iron Age of the 1st or 2nd century CE which has been confirmed by a carbon-14 dating of parts of the remains.


He was found in 1871. He likely was battered to death, which left a triangular hole in his skull. He was found naked, with a piece of leather on his left leg. Near his body were the remnants of a woolen cloak and a skin cape.


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