Bog Bodies @ Mummy Tombs





Emmer-Erfscheidenveen Man


Background information

Discovered in 1938 in the Netherlands' Bourtangermoor, the Emmer-Erfscheidenveen is an unusual bog body, according to Dutch archaeologist W.A.B. van der Sanden. A Bronze Age body that dates to 1200 B.C., Emmer-Erscheidenveen Man is clothed--which makes him a rarity. Most Bronze Age bog bodies are rarely associated with clothing (for a variety of reasons). In fact, as van der Sanden writes, "the body was accompanied by so many garments that we can dress the man completely": woollen underwear, sheepskin cap, calfskin cape, deerskin shoes.

The body itself was not found in good condition, and the only reason why he is referred to as a man is because of the type of clothing found with "him." Only two bones were recovered: the tongue bone (partial) and a small bone from his foot or hand. Van der Sanden speculates that if the tongue bone was broken at the time of his death, Emmer-Erfscheidenveen Man may have been strangled, though there is no other evidence to suggest this.

Also worth noting is that is that Emmer-Erfscheidenveen Man is most likely the oldest bog mummy ever discovered, though he is more of a skeleton than a preserved body.





Where to see him

The Drents Museum (Assen, the Netherlands) displays Emmer-Erfscheidenveen Man and many other bog items, including the Weerdinge Men and Yde Girl.