Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Speaking of unusual human bodies . . .

Ancient 'Bog Body' Unearthed in Germany

"The State Museum of Lower Saxony said it is the only extensively preserved human body dating from the pre-Roman iron age to be found in Europe north of the Alps. Other bog bodies have been found, but they are typically older -- dating usually from around the time of Christ's birth. Only one body, found in the Netherlands, came from the Bronze Age. It is about 1,000 years older than the current find, which is being called 'The Girl of the Uchter Moor.'" (Via NTM!)

I love discoveries like this. They make the past palpable. People actually lived thousands of years ago. It's a simple yet somehow vertiginous realization that begs questions about our own future and forces us to reconsider prevailing concepts of permanence.

We exist. We die. Yet the Earth continues orbiting the Sun; the galactic disk keeps spinning.

4 comments:

KennyJC said...

Yes, it's funny. It's always difficult to imagine a world before you were born. When you were nothingness. 2,000 years ago is relatively recent, but compared to how far we've come its a long time to imagine ourselves that long ago.

It's hard to imagine something as common as sun light on Earth when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, or the very first planet in the universe to have intelligent beings.

Hipster said...

Probably that's why I sometimes have the odd sensation that I have been living here for such a long time.

Cap'n Marrrrk said...

I have a hard enough time thinking that the world as seen in the 30's and 40's Cinema was actually in color.

W.M. Bear said...

compared to how far we've come its a long time to imagine ourselves that long ago.

But we're still "bogged" down.