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1 Who were the bog bodies Bog bodies are naturally made mummies of people that date from about 8000 BC but most lived around 2000 years ago Although the exact identity of the bog bodies is unknown there are several theories on the subject The ethno history of the bog bodies suggests that the people were Celts or Germanic Bog bodies have been found in the bogs of Ireland Scotland England the Netherlands Germany Denmark and Sweden The only other place besides northern Europe to produce bog bodies is Florida where brains of a bog body were found At one time early Native Americans used the pond as a burial site One theory proposed the idea that the people thrown into the bog were criminals or outcasts of some sort Traditionally traitors and deserters were hung and cowards and homosexuals were drowned Physically it is difficult to tell who these people were because most bodies were found in fragments Due to the great degree of preservation physical characteristics can still help to determine some identity For example Lindow 3 was found with fingernail and body paint This tells us that he was probably a member of the upper class 2 Why were these individuals deposited in the bogs No one knows for sure how these bodies ended up in bogs but two theories are human sacrifice and execution The second question is closely related to the first in that they look at some of the same theories One idea is that the people were criminals and they were thrown into the bog after being executed The outcasts were murdered and thrown into a bog and the rich were entombed The physical remains of these bodies back up this idea as it appears that most suffered violent deaths For example Lindow 2 was found with multiple causes of
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