Stidsholt Woman
Biographical Information
Name(s) Unknown
Age Undetermined
Sex Female
Status Deceased, found in 1859
Height Undetermined, decapitated
Culture Unknown
Date(s) Unknown
Site Unknown
Current Location
Location Copenhagen Museum in Denmark
Catalog # Unknown
Stidsholt Woman, also known as the Stidshiltmose Woman, was found in 1859 in Jutland, Denmark.

She was decapitated by a blow to the third and fourth vertebrae; the blow tore off part of the skin under the chin. Her hair is now a dark red, which comes from the chemicals in peat bogs, it was likely blond or brown in life. The hair was tied to a knot with a 75 cm long and about 5.3 cm wide woven hairband on the head. Due to the hairstyle, the head is presumed female.

The head was never been dated, and the rest of her body was never found. She is also known as the Stidsholt Fen Woman.


The Danish National Museum in Copenhagen, in whose care the find is located, assumes a provisional date in the Iron Age.


Violence in the Bogs. In: Bodies of the Bogs. Archaeological Institute of America, abgerufen am 18. Oktober 2019 (englisch, Kleidung der Frau und weiterführend ein Foto der Leiche).

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