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Rare phenomenon means human sacrifice victims are 'perfectly preserved' after 2,300 years

He is said to be so lifelike, you can even see the pores in his skin.

But this waxwork-like body is not a macabre mannequin, but a real person killed for human sacrifice over 2,000 years ago. His body is perfectly preserved due to an incredible feat of nature.

The body found by his two brothers while digging a peat bog in the Denmark town of Silkeborg in the 1950s is now called "Trundmann". Glimpse.

However, when detectives realized that the quagmire had not been disturbed, the case was handed over to a museum expert,, who had spent a little longer than first thought. Found dead – over 2,330 years to be exact. As a result, the facial features of the man are miraculously preserved to the point that even the stubble of the beard is noticeable.

Torundo , human sacrifice victims of ritual strangulation, migratory Viking Trunds, victims of ritual strangulation.. (Photo by Werner Forman/Universal Images Group/Getty Images) (


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Today, the Tollund Man is preserved under glass at the Silkeborg Museum in Denmark and is open to the public. It is very rare for people to get a glimpse of the Iron Age, centuries before the birth of the Roman Empire.

Now, using advanced modern techniques to analyze compounds in the digestive tract, scientists were able to determine exactly what the Tollund man's last meal was.

An examination of his intestines at the time showed that he had been eating porridge shortly before his death, but analysis revealed what the porridge in his bowl consisted of. I was able to pinpoint it – barley mixture, weeds, flax, seed.

Nature's Refrigerator: Due to its unique chemical structure, peat bogs are able to preserve the human body perfectly after death.

"In 1950, they were only looking at well-preserved grains and seeds, not the very fine details of the material," said the Silkeborg Museum. Nina Helt Nielsen told NBC News.

"But now we have better microscopes, better ways to analyze materials, and new techniques, which means we can get more information out of it." 59}

Even more amazing, scientists were able to determine that Tollund Man was infected with three types of parasites at the time, including tapeworms.

Tollund Man, Naturally mummified corpse of a 4th century BC male, detail, Jutland, Denmark. (


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But the exact reason for his death is eternal. A mystery that may remain. Archaeologists say the noose around his neck indicates that he was likely a sacrificial victim, possibly to ensure fertility. } "Our interpretation of the Tollund Man was that he was ritually sacrificed," Nina added.

"During this period of the Iron Age, it was common to use marshes for ceremonial activities."

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