WARNING: This post is very educational… and has photos of actual bog mummies.
We went to the National Archeology Museum in Dublin, Ireland. I saw bog mummies. Do you know what a bog mummy is? Well, I will tell you. A bog mummy is a body that is perfectly preserved in a peat bog marsh. The bog helps the body to not decay. So, you can see the insides of the body, hair, nails, teeth, and of course skin. I saw 4 mummies at the Archeology Museum. My favorite was Clonycavan Man. In this post you will learn about him and how he lived and died.
One of the bodies was called Clonycavan Man. He got his name from where he was found in Ireland. He lived around 392 – 201 b.c. He was 25 years old when he died, which is about how old they usually used to live. He died by sword and axe wounds. They think he was killed as a sacrifice to please the Gods. When they found him, he had no legs, because a peat bog machine cut off his legs. He looks VERY flat and the skin looks leathery. The reason he is flat is because the acid in the bog makes the bones soft.
He had hair gel in his hair. The hair gel was made of vegetable oil and pine sap. Do you know why I told you that? The pine sap is from France and Spain, but he is from Ireland. So that means they did trade by ship. That is cool!
Do you know how they found him? Well I will tell you. They were digging with a peat bog machine when they found him. They saw this weird thing and they stopped the machine and found him. He was found in 2003.
Here are 5 Facts about
- He was 5 foot 2 inches
- They think he was rich, because he did not have calluses on his hands
- They believe another tribe captured him and the tribe used him as a sacrifice
- He had lice when he died
- You can see the axe and sword marks on his body
Now you know about bog mummies.
Alison Carlisi says
I enjoyed learning about the mummies. i noticed he had red hair. Amazing that even colors are preserved.
Wow! Sydney those are great photos. The skin looks as if it would be soft to the touch. Maybe you’ll be able to go to Egypt to see the mummies. You’re learning so many great things!
Julie Keeney says
This is a cool post. I loved learning about bog mummies from you Sydney! You always pick such interesting topics! 🙂
Geni Butterfield says
Great reporting, Sydney! I’m not only jealous because you are in Ireland, but I’m jealous because you are getting to see the mummies up close, too! It’s nice to see you are learning so much and having fun at the same time!
Wow…I don’t think I even knew bog mummies existed before I read your corner. I really enjoyed it and I think it’s cool that he had red hair.
this was amazing! I will keep the museum in mind next time I go to Ireland!