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Windeby I
Human Mummy
Windeby1
Biographical Information
Name(s) Windeby I -previously identified as Windeby Girl
Age 16
Sex Male
Status unknown
Height unknown
Source
Culture German
Date(s) 41 BCE to 118 CE.
Site Windeby
Current Location
Location The Landesmuseum, Germany
Catalog #

Windeby I is the name given to the bog body found preserved in a peat bog near Windeby, Northern Germany, in 1952. Until recently, the body was identified as Windeby Girl, believed to be the body of a pubescent girl, because of its slight build. Heather Gill-Robinson, a Canadian anthropologist and pathologist, used DNA testing, however, to show the body was actually that of a pubescent boy. The body has been radiocarbon-dated to between 41 BCE and 118 CE. 

Mummification

The body was discovered by commercial peat cutters in 1952, and is now on display at The Landesmuseum at the Schloß Gottorf in Schleswig, Germany. Unfortunately, by the time the body was noticed by the peat cutters, and before the peat-cutting machinery could be shut down, a hand, a foot, and a leg had been severed from the body. The body had been very well preserved by the peat, and despite this damage it is still an important archaeological discovery.

Additional

The body had a woolen blindfold tied across the eyes. The "blindfold" is in fact a woolen band, made using the sprang technique, that was probably used to tie back the boy’s shoulder-length hair, but had slipped down over his face after death. Evidence from the body suggests that the boy had been killed.

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References

  1.  Gill-Robinson, Heather Catherine (2006). The iron age bog bodies of the Archaeologisches Landesmuseum, Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig, Germany. Manitoba: University of Manitoba. ISBN 978-0-494-12259-4.(Doctors thesis)
  2. Gebühr (2002) p. 47; cited in the corresponding article on German Wikipedia
  3. Diezel, Hage, Jankuhn, Klenk, Schaefer, Schlabow, Schürtrumpf, Spatz (1958). Zwei Moorleichenfunde aus dem DomlandsmoorPraehistorische Zeitschrift (in German) 36 (Berlin: de Gruyter). pp. 186 Fig 1.ISSN 0079-4848.
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