This classic book about the remains of iron-age people preserved in peat-bogs throws fascinating light on ancient ways of life, religion and rituals. During the last two centuries, workers in bogs throughout Europe have often accidentally exposed sunken human bodies that looked to them like incarnate devils. Actually, they were being confronted ...
This classic book about the remains of iron-age people preserved in peat-bogs throws fascinating light on ancient ways of life, religion and rituals. During the last two centuries, workers in bogs throughout Europe have often accidentally exposed sunken human bodies that looked to them like incarnate devils. Actually, they were being confronted with their own ancestors of two thousand and more years ago. The bog waters have kept the bodies from decay, sometimes even preserving the facial expression at the moment of death. Most of these bog people bear signs of violent ends. Are they murder victims, sacrificial victims, or executed criminals? Acting as a consultant after the discovery of one such body, Professor Glob noted that the anguished face seemed peaceful when viewed apart from the means of death: the rope still tight around the neck. Later he perceived a connection between these bodies and a fertility goddess often portrayed with neck chains. In "The Bog People", Glob unravels the dark, forbidding background of their story.
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Danish archaeologist P.V. Glob wrote this masterful survey of the human remaains and artifacts found in European bogs in 1969, and the English translation was published by Cornell University Press in 1970. The bogs of Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and other north European countries have yielded the well-preserved remains of men and women from the Iron Age, from c. 500 BC too 500 AD. The bodies, submerged in an anaerobic environment, are sometimes startlingly well preserved, down to facial expressions, fingerprints, stomach contents, and hairknots. Clothing and other artifa cts, including wagons, weapons, cauldrons, gold bracelets and neck-rings have also been found. Glob links these finds to the ancient culture of the Celts and hypothesizes that at least some of the bodies found in bogs were human sacrifices. He also draws on the writings of the Roman author Tacitus, who described some of the customs of the Germani. The books is well-illustrated with b&w photographs and includes a comprehensive bibliography. Highly recommended for those with an interest in the prehistoric culture of Europe. Glob's book is now forty years old, since which time many more finds have been made, and newer scholarly accounts have appeared. Yet it remains a very readable and thorough account.
For readers who have enjoyed Erin Hart's Irish mysteries, such as "Haunted Ground" and "Lake of Sorrows", Glob's book is very helpful background reading.
Mar 4, 2010
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Although some of the dating and data in Prof. Glob's book have been superseded by newer methods of investigation, no other material about the bog people can match it for readability nor for the the number, quality, and sophistication of the photographs.
It is the basic book in English about this fascinating subject .
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