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Re: Possible explanation of the Bog Body Decay Mystery

Poster: blackbow@sprynet.com

That would certainly make sense; it sounds as if the chemical makeup of the 
bog(s) in question have the ability to bring decomposition to a halt, but only 
if the decomposition hasn't had a chance to take hold.

On a similar note, scientists have discovered (awhile back) that the human body 
is taking a longer time to decompose after death as a result of the sheer 
amounts of preservatives typically found in food.  

Makes you opt for cremation-

See ya (but not at Pennsic; we're going to stay home and pay bills unless a 
miracle occurs)

J. Blackbow

On Tue, 24 Jun 97, "Terry L. Neill" <Neilltl@ptsc.slg.eds.com> wrote:
>Poster: "Terry L. Neill" <Neilltl@ptsc.slg.eds.com>
>This was posted to the IMBAS List for Celtic Pagans and forwarded to me by a
>member of the Viking Living History group I belong to.
>Thought it might interest many of you.
>        - Anarra
>>        Bog bodies, dating from ancient times to the present, have been
>>found throughout Northern Europe. They include murders, burials, and
>>sacrifices. The particular chemistry of the bogs - including low-oxygen and
>>antiseptic properties - has allowed these ancient bodies to survive in
>>amazing states of preservation. They have been a treasure trove to
>>archaeologists, but no one really knew why some of the bodies were in a
>>near-perfect state of preservation, while others were badly decayed.
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