This book is a must read for those with a scientific inclination towards a detective viewpoint of the Iron and Bronze age people found preserved within the peat bogs in Denmark.I admit that the title is not the most exciting but still it did intrigue me and sent me on a wonderful fact finding mission on life, via the bog people, in the Iron and Bronze Ages The attention to detail is magnificent and the seventysix black and white plates present a remarkable testimony of the life and final deaths of these people, be it for religious reasons, murder, such as decapitation, etc.The author Glob was “most noted for his investigations of Denmark's bog bodies such as Tollund Man and Grauballe Man mummified remains of Iron and Bronze Age people found preserved within peat bogs.A most amazing and highly recommended book. We have so much to learn from the bog people I can't even remember the first time I picked up this book. I hold Prof Glob responsible for my becoming an archaeologist My husband holds him responsible for being dragged to museums throught Europe to see leathery dead people. I'm not generally into archaeology/anthropology, but this intrigued me These bodies were found in bogs, mostly in Denmark The acidic water in the bogs preserved the bodies so well that people who found them thought they were recent murder victims and often called the police! Turns out they were 2,000 years old, from the Iron Age The photos are amazing Except for the darkened skin from the tannins in the water, some of these people look like they're just sleeping Even their brains and eyeballs were preserved COOL! From the objects found with the bodies, experts were able to determine that many of these people were ritual human sacrifices to appease the fertility goddess so she would provide an abundant harvest My modernday version of this book will feature discoveries of people mummified in front of their computers The Blog People :) One spring morning two men cutting peat in a Danish bog uncovered a wellpreserved body of a man with a noose around his neck Thinking they had stumbled upon a murder victim, they reported their discovery to the police, who were baffled until they consulted the famous archaeologist PV Glob Glob identified the body as that of a twothousandyearold man, ritually murdered and thrown in the bog as a sacrifice to the goddess of fertility Written in the guise of a scientific detective story, this classic of archaeological historya bestseller when it was published in England but out of print for many yearsis a thoroughly engrossing and still reliable account of the religion, culture, and daily life of the European Iron Age Includesblackandwhite photographs I remember reading this as a kid It was one of those interesting books that was on my parent's book shelf I didn't remember anything about it so I reread it I got my copy from the library and someone had sliced two pages out of it (sadly an all too common occurrence in library books that have interesting photos) Luckily I think I only missed one page of writing I was able to carry on with reading without missing too much This was not a hard read and provided much information about people who were found in a bog in Denmark This is also an older book so I would like to see updated research on this subject matter I only gave it four stars cause it was an older book so not sure how up to date the theories are and I added it to my best reads pile The photos of the nearly perfectly preserved people are fascinating. Glob’s Bog People (1965) is well illustrated, finely detailed, and absolutely gruesome I’ve never really given much thought to what happened to the bodies of all the millions and millions who died in antiquity I figured they turned to dust and disappeared But Professor Glob shows us that with the right conditions acidic water in an anaerobic environment human hair and skin can last millennia While bones and cloth dissolve in peaty bogs, skin and organs react benignly with the tannic acids What results is the leathery sheath of a body Discovered centuries after their demise, these human bags retain the same expressions they took to their soggy graves These semiserene countenances, preserved for thousands of years under peat and now carefully displayed under glass, have made the bog people some of the most popular exhibits in the greatest museums of the world.Glob’s minute study of the remains of these bodies will interest those who find autopsies entertaining Without a doubt, his first three or four reports with their painstaking descriptions of the length of the hair, the color of the irises, or the partially digested contents of the stomach and large intestine are interesting By the tenth, you too may feel bloated This is not a book to be savored right after supper.Interspersed with the dissection of the bits and pieces are brief allusions to the culture of the Iron Age Tantalizing? Yes! but also disappointing Glob doesn’t make strong links between the body on the dissecting table and the world of Iron Age Germania It turns out that the bodies themselves give us few clues as to who these people were, how they lived, and how they came to be buried in a bog To respond to these perplexing questions, Glob has to turn to already wellknown classical sources: Caesar, Tacitus, Ptolemy, Strabo Relying on these accounts, none of which are principally concerned with the northern Germani, Glob concludes that most of the bog people were willing human victims ritually sacrificed to a fertility goddess Others appear to have been criminals or transgressors of social taboos who paid for their sins by being staked into the bog Whether they were alive or already dead when their bodies were pinned to the peat remains unclear In the end, the bog bodies, their manner of death, and burial offer some validation of the anecdotes recorded in the classical sources, but they don’t really help us see the world of Iron Age Germaniaclearly The most disturbing part of the book, though, may be the dedication Bog People was written for fifteen English schoolgirls from the Convent of the Assumption, Bury St Edmunds They learned of the bog men in their history course and then wrote to Glob for further information His response was this book, a long letter as he calls it, dedicated to his dear young girls, who entertained an interest in how well the bog people have kept I shiver to think how the young scholars, and their mistress, received Glob’s ghastly conclusion Ewwwwwwwww! One of my (weird) dreams is to see mummies and bog bodies lying on their museum beds There's just something utterly chilling and amazing that we have an opportunity to see a person who lived thousands of years ago When I was a lot younger I watched a documentary about bog bodies which made me utterly fascinated with the subject Then I saw a picture of a little girl, Rosalia Lombardo It creeped me out from these things for a while, but now I'm older so I think I can handle it Although she still makes me kind of sad and the thought of barging into the chapel and taking a picture is inappropriate.Edited 31.7.2012 Well, it was definitely interesting, even though I'm still leaning towards Egyptian mummies in my interests regarding creepy wrinkled people (British Museum, I finally conquered you during the summer of 2011) This was still fascinating, though Most of the bog bodies found in Denmark seemed to have marks of violence, like a rope around the neck or their throats slashed There might have been a few people who accidentally drowned into the marshes or they were murdered and hidden, but most were apparently human sacrifices for the fertility goddess.Plus, there were were lots of pictures Black and white, unfortunately, but still pretty great The text was dated and a bit jumbled, and I didn't get the prologue about the letters, but overall worth the read. I feel like I must explain my rating for this book a little I came across the title of this book referenced in another book that I finished recently The topic piqued my interest so I thought I would give it a try The subject was fascinating I had never heard of these discoveries in the Bogs of Europe Finding bodies that are 2000 years old amazingly preserved? I had to know how this could happen! As I read, my question was answered, but the writing was a bit dry, and because of when this book was published (1960's) the pictures were all in black and white and scientific methods of studying these people are not as advanced as they are today These days one can go online and find muchuptodate information on this subject I found a National Geographic article from just last year accurate information and much better pictures That's why this book is just ok for me even though in it's time it would have been quite the popular read Especially for the creepy factor. I came to this through rereading some of Seamus Heaney's poetry, who is fascinated by the bog people, and decided that I wanted to knowtoo I have to admit I skipped over the numerous soil analysis passages, but apart from that I found this a very engaging book about something that both repels and amazes me (some of the 2,000 year old bodies were so well preserved that they still had fingerprints!) I also think that Mr Glob has the perfect name for a bog body expert, and that made me quite fond of him from the beginning.