Two Bog Bodies (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Borremose Man (discovered in 1946) was the first of three bodies found in the same Danish bog, named the Borre Fen, over a three year period.
According to P. V. Glob, a local report described the discovery: "On Sunday afternoon wild rumors were circulating...that a body had been found in Borre Fen. It was thought to be a case of murder, and the fact that the official machinery of police superintendent and district medical officer had been set in motion no doubt encouraged people to expect the worst. When the facts came out, however, they proved to be something of an anticlimax, although the discovery is, of course, of great historical and archaeological interest."
Examination at the National Museum in Copenhagen revealed that the corpse of the man (a rather short man at 5 feet two inches) had been placed into the bog in a sitting position, his legs bent up. The weight of the peat had pressed against him so much that he was folded tightly together.
His body was well-preserved and showed considerable damage. He was hung, his skull crushed, and his right thigh fractured (the order is not known) before he was placed in the bog. Although he was naked (except for the rope around his neck), two capes had been positioned at his feet and were most likely his.
Borremose Woman, discovered in Denmark in 1948, was the third bog body found in three years in Borre Fen.
In his book, P. V. Glob wrote, "The dead woman lay face downwards covered by a large woolen blanket, which was adapted with a leather strap for use as a skirt. The lead lay to the east, with the right arm bent up against the face, the left arm was under the left leg which was bent right up underneath her. Like [Borremose Man] the woman had been roughly handled before she ended up in the bog. The back of the head was scalped and her face was crushed."
A later scientific study revealed that her skull was damaged after death. A pollen analysis suggested that she died in autumn.
Books with information about Borremose Man and Woman
Where to see them
Borremose Man and Woman are currently not displayed and may be in storage at the basement of the The Nationalmuseet in Copenhagen, Denmark.