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Welcome to Episode 5 of The Struggling Archaeologist’s Guide to Getting Dirty, “I See Dead People!”

And boy do I ever, well, at least while researching for this episode! I tried but I just couldn’t avoid more mention of mummies, but I think after our discussion of archaeological execution sites and bog bodies you won’t mind a boring old mummy or two!

The discovery of a pit full of 14th century German execution victims is why today is all about death, so I felt it necessary to delve into the world of bog bodies as well- since who doesn’t love those, am I right?! Don’t worry, in today’s shorty news I figured I should talk about something full of sunshine and rainbows to make up for the macabre first act of the podcast- so I briefly consider the merits of space archaeology…. yes, space archaeology.

Oh yeah, and if you were planning on doing a field school this summer you should get your booty on it asap! Check out,,,, and other similar such sites for field work opportunities around the world for this summer!

And for your viewing pleasure here are some pictures of well known bog bodies and a naturally preserved Incan mummy… and please show them some respect and don’t go posting them on your facebook page!


Tollund Man – 4th century BCE, Denmark








Courtesy of Sven Rosborn





Tollund man —> the rope that was used to kill him is still around his neck!









“Red Franz”- 3-5th century CE, Germany

  <—- Throat was sliced and stabbed in shoulder, hair turned red from bog acids




Courtesy of Robert Clark



Sergeant Boris Lazarev- Russia, 1943 —>









Incan child-Chris Openshaw

<—- Incan child sacrifice,  16th century CE, Chile







Courtesy of Chris Openshaw

German execution remains- Ben Behnke (Der Spiegel)


Remains from the Alkersleben execution victims –>






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Episode 5 “I See Dead People”
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