Unformatted text preview: peat. He was found wearing only a cap on his head and a rope around his neck. His stomach still preserved his last meal: a gruel of various grains and no traces of meat or fruits. It is assumed that he was strangled in a winter around 350 B.C. as a sacrifice to the fertility god and then buried in the sacred bog. Bog people are rare examples of fossils that have not been altered. Interestingly, because of the high acidity of the bog water the skin and organs get preserved, whereas the bones became decalcified, i.e. soft and in some cases vanish (you will only find a bag of skin)....
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- Spring '08
- Peat, Soil Science Lec., Organic Matter Ch., Silkeborg Museum, slow pH change