Bogbodies: "true tales from the peat marshes"

In an article for Archaeology (Volume 63 Number 3, May/June 2010) Jarrett A. Lobell and Samir S. Patel take a look at "true tales from the peat marshes of northern Europe" by re-examing remains found in the bogs. (photos)

From the article:

For more then 10,000 years, peat bogs, mostly in northwestern Europe, have been the final resting place for hundreds, maybe thousands, of bodies. The first reports of their discovery appeared in the 18th century, and they have been found, usually by peat cutters, ever since. There are very old bog bodies—the earliest is the Koelbjerg Woman from Denmark, dated to about 8000 B.C.—medieval bog bodies, and even the remains of Soviet fighter pilot Boris Lazarev, who was shot down over northern Russia in 1943. Only about 20 are as complete as Grauballe Man and Lindow Man; others are just bones or body parts. Many were hastily removed, some improperly conserved or forgotten in museum storage. One was sold at a London auction, and some were even ground up into “mummy powder” and marketed as medication.