A mention of archaeologists generally springs up the image of palaeontologists digging up ancient dinosaur bones or fossils in the desert. While much of its may not be entirely fiction, this one discovery could leave you flummoxed.
Researchers have found a 2000-year-old body covered with ‘bog butter’ in Ireland and Scotland.
Thousands of years ago there was a phenomenon of preserving dead bodies using bog butter and was practised for thousands of years.
Bog butter is sticky and yellowish in colour. Composed of lard, tallow or dairy fat, it has a disgusting smell.
However, the gooey substance does have a unique scientific property which could preserve dead bodies for more than 5,000 years.
The archaeologists have claimed that the people, whose skeletons have now been discovered were killed in a brutal manner.
However, this is not the first instance of a body thousands of years old being discovered. There is the ‘Tollund Man’, one of the most popular bog boddies found in Denmark in 1950.
The Tollund Man was found with wearing a belt and hat with remains of noose around his neck.
Few years later, scientists discovered another bog body in Denmark's Jutland Peninsula.
Grauballe Man was found just few years later with stark red hair which scientists say indicates the bog’s discoloration.
Similarly there was another incident where Lindow Man’s body was discovered in England in 1984.
Looking at the picture, it is somewhere clear that he was murdered so ferociously that his esophagus and trachea also smashed at the time of his death. Interestingly, his bones were preserved.