Naturally Mummified Exloermond Man on Display in Iran National Museum (+Photos)
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A naturally mummified body is on display at the National Museum of Iran, in an exhibition on the “Archaeology and Art of the Netherlands according to Drents Museum” that will run until the end of the current Persian year.
The exhibition contains over 330 artifacts from the history and art of the Netherlands, including the naturally preserved Exloermond Man who is believed to have lived between 430 and 250 BC.
The exhibit in Tehran started on October 2 and enthusiasts will be able to visit the items at the Iranian museum until mid-March.
The Exloermond Man is one of the lesser known bog bodies found in Drenthe, Netherlands. He was discovered on the 15th of May 1914 under peat. Being located in what was considered an Iron Age village a few kilometers from Northern Netherlands, it is theorized that the Exloermond Man was a worker in his village who died of natural conditions.
The Exloermond Man has been in an exhibition in the Drenthe Museum with other famous bog bodies such as the Yde Girl, the Weerdinge Men, and the Emmer-Erscheidenveen Man.
The acidic, oxygen-poor conditions of peat bogs, which are made up of accumulated layers of dead moss preserves Much of the bodies' skin, hair, clothes, and stomach in most cases.
Given that at the time of discovery, the new methods of conservation had not been at reach, the body was dried up for preservation, so the appearance of the body is very different than the time of its discovery.
In total, the body of apparent 45-year old man is complete but only the forearm, the left hand, the fingers, the knees and the right leg of it are lost.
European wetlands, bog bodies have long appeared as opaque to archaeologists as their dark and watery graves. But scientists have found interesting information about the centuries-old mystery of their origins during last couple of years.
According to National Geographic, over 500 Iron Age bog bodies and skeletons dating to between 800 B.C. and A.D. 200 have been discovered in Denmark alone, with more unearthed in Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.