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date: 24 September 2018

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This chapter focuses on bog bodies. It discusses their distribution; types (real, paper, and fabricated); number and age of bog bodies; research into the European bog bodies; and the current understanding and the future of bog body research. Common practice in bog-body research so far has been to list all the known bog bodies from all over Europe and underline what they have in common, which sometimes leads to a biased picture of the situation. It is high time for researchers to regard the bog bodies in their regional landscape and cultural contexts, and to start considering them in relation to other ‘extraordinary findspots’ of human remains such as buildings, farm boundaries, and stream valleys.

Keywords: bogs, human remains, wetland archaeology, wetland research

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