Great Job, Internet!: Relax this Sunday with an extremely metal history of corpses preserved in bogs

Of all the ways one might leave this vale of tears, “getting ritually murdered and thrown into a damn bog” ranks as one of the absolute worst. Yet, as Smithsonian Magazine tells us, it’s also a pretty surefire way to ensure your immortality as an object of study for generations of future archaeologists. This sweeping article by Joshua Levine covers the surprisingly compelling history of “bog bodies,” the name given to finely-preserved Bronze and Iron Age corpses enclosed in sphagnum moss, which the piece describes as nature’s “refrigerator.”

One thing many bog bodies have in common, besides having been swallowed by Northern European peat bogs, is that they appear to have died extremely hard:

The Bronze and Iron Age communities from which they come had no written language. There’s one thing we do know about them, because it is written on their flesh. Nearly all appear to …

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