Monday, July 9, 2012

"Frankenstein" bog bodies discovered in Scotland

In a "eureka" moment worthy of Dr. Frankenstein, scientists have discovered that two 3,000-year-old Scottish "bog bodies" are actually made from the remains of six people. 

A female Bronze Age mummy from Cladh Hallan is a composite of different skeletons [Credit: Mike Parker Pearson, University of Sheffield]
According to new isotopic dating and DNA experiments, the mummies—a male and a female—were assembled from various body parts, although the purpose of the gruesome composites is likely lost to history. 

The mummies were discovered more than a decade ago below the remnants of 11th-century houses at Cladh Hallan, a prehistoric village on the island of South Uist (map), off the coast of Scotland.

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