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Kayhausen Bog Body (Germany)

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Fur Cape, Kayhausen Bog Boy, Landemuseum für Natur und Mensch, Oldenburg, Germany

Fur Cape, Kayhausen Bog Boy, Landemuseum für Natur und Mensch, Oldenburg, Germany

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Kayhausen bog body is what archaeologists call the body of a young boy recovered from the Kayhausen bog in Germany. Kayhausen is the name a raised bog about 10 kilometers northwest of the city of Oldenburg, Germany. The boy was about seven years old, and he had been stabbed to death, tied and then lowered into the bog. The boy wore a fur cape.

Kayhausen was first estimated to have been buried between 1 and 200 AD, but pollen analysis and several radiocarbon dates place the more likely date as between 300-400 BC.

The body was discovered in 1922, and an autopsy was carried out in 1952. A second investigation of the pollen and seed contents of the boy's intestines was conducted in the 1990s. The boy's last meal appears to be a mixture of grains and fruits, with flax, millet, barley and spelt or wheat.

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This glossary entry is a part of the About.com Guide to Bog Bodies, and part of the Dictionary of Archaeology. Any mistakes are the responsibility of Kris Hirst.

Behre, Karl E. 2007 Collected seeds and fruits from herbs as prehistoric food. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 17:65–73.

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