The bog body, known as Grauballe Man, was disovered in April 26th, 1952 from a peat bog by a team of Danish peat cutters near the village of Grauballe, Denmark.
It is an Iron Age bog body and one of many mummified bodies discovered in the peat bogs of Denmark and northern Europe.
Initially, townsfolk believed it to be the body of a man known as “Red Christian” who disappeared in the area around 1887. Supposedly, he was fond of the drink and people assumed he stumbled into a bog and drowned.
He was determined as approximately 30 years old when he died. His hands and feet were unusually well-preserved so the finger prints could be easily read.
Grauballe Man was initially dated to the late 3rd century BC by analyzing the stratigraphic layer of peat that covered his body. The date was subsequently confirmed by radiocarbon dating his liver, published by the results in 1955.
Experts believe that the man had had his throat slit sometime in the 3rd century BC. This type of wound could not have been self-inflicted, so this clearly discarded any chance of taking his own life, leading experts to presume it to be evidence of a 2300-year-old murder.
Another theory suggests that he might had been killed in a ritualistic sacrifice, possibly an important rite in Iron Age Germanic paganism. Whether he was sacrificed or killed, the mystery remains unraveled.
Upon the initial discovery in 1952, it was moved to the Prehistoric Museum in Aarhus, where it underwent research and conservation. Three years later, the body was displayed at the Moesgaard Museum near Aarhus, where it can be seen today.
It is described as “one of the most spectacular discoveries from Denmark’s prehistory”.