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The Bog People

Discussion in 'Factor X' started by Patty Cakes, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. When the 3-year-old died, her parents placed her favorite toys in her arms, wrapped her in fabric woven from fibers of native plants, and buried her body in the soft, muck bottom of a small pond. Some 7,000 years later, when a young archaeologist uncovered her tiny remains, the toys--a wooden pestle-shaped object and the carapace of a small turtle--were still cradled in her arms. Most remarkable was the state of preservation of the child's bones and her toys, and the remains of some 167 other individuals and numerous artifacts found in that small pond in Windover Farms subdivision. The pond is about one mile southeast of the intersection of Highway 50 and I-95 and just outside the Titusville city limits where, today, a child's favorite toy may be a model of the space shuttle.



    One of those, a female about 35 years of age at death, was buried face down and still had remnants of her last meal in her stomach--fish scales and bones, seeds from grasses and berries, and bits of nuts. There were more than 3,000 elderberry seeds in her stomach. Elderberry extract has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of some viral infections, but we have no way of knowing if this woman had eaten the berries as a treatment, or if she merely liked elderberries and possibly died of acute indigestion from eating so many.




    A most significant find came only weeks into the project when one of the project directors found a lump of slippery, dark brown material inside a skull. There was cautious speculation that it might be preserved brain tissue, but common sense said that would not be possible--that any tissue would have dissipated into the black peat thousands of years ago. Laboratory tests proved however, that cautious speculation had become reality. The material was, indeed, human brain tissue.




    http://www.nbbd.com/godo/history/windover/
     
  2. SeaHorse

    SeaHorse Gold

    Just finished the article...so interesting! Thanks for posting it. Interesting that many of the remains showed signs of arthritis.
     
  3. fitness@home

    fitness@home Silver

    This is a very interesting article. Thanks for sharing!



    As a child, I went through a phase of wanting to be an archeologist when I grew up :)
     
  4. bigknitwit

    bigknitwit Silver

    Fantastic read - thanks!
     

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