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The Head

The head is surprisingly well-preserved
The head is surprisingly well-preserved. Big picture

In 1950 when the archaeologists at the Museum of National History finally freed the Tollund Man of the many layers of peat which had covered him for more than 2000 years they found a human face so alive that it appeared as if the man had fallen asleep just a few hours ago.

The look on his face is calm
The look on his face is calm.
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The head was surprisingly well-preserved. The look on his face is calm and the furrows of his forehead gave him a wise and reflective expression. His hair was short (1-2 centrimetres long). His eyebrows were partly preserved. On his upper lip, chin and cheeks appeared very short but thick stubble. His eyes were closed, his mouth with its well-preserved lips was closed, too. His face was at peace af if he was sleeping quietly.

If we disregard his dark skin and picture him wearing modern day clothes, we would not be surprised to find him working as a doctor, a minister or a bank manager. He comes across as a person who could discharge any type of exigent job.

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The feet

The feet

The feet are big as if they belonged to a man...

Hair and beard
The Tollund Man didn't have a special hairstyle...

The body
Only the side of the body which had been turned upwards in the excavation in the peat bog showed signs of decomposition...

The hands
His arms and hands were almost skeletonized...

 
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Preservation of the Tollund Man
The head was first placed in alcohol which replaced the bog water...


The Tollund Man without his cap on
The Tollund Man without his cap on. Big picture

Like a person sleeping quietly

Like a person sleeping quietly. Big picture

The eyes are closed

The eyes are closed.
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The lips are well-preserved

The lips are well-preserved.
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Before preservation

Before preservation.
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