Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Bog Person

Mummified remains of a person buried in a peat bog. This type of mummification occurs in cold climates. The peat environment is acidic and low in oxygen; this is a natural antibiotic environment. Individuals preserved in peat often have tanned skin and a reddish hue to hair, owing to peat acidity. The most prominent example is Tollund Man, a male found in Denmark who had been executed some 2400 years ago.

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