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This 2,000-Year-Old Bog Body Is Most Likely That Of A Murdered King

OCTOBER 21, 2015  —  By Tim Unkenholz  
Tim Unkenholz

Tim Unkenholz

Writer and stand up comedian in NY. Check out my monthly comedy show Roomie Raiders at the Creek and The Cave! @timunken

We've seen some pretty bizarre burial techniques on this site, but the one used in Ireland during the Iron Age may have been the messiest. One body -- which is known as the Old Croghan Man -- is evidence of this bizarre method. The corpse was found in an Irish bog back in 2003.

In a strange turn of events, archaeologists found evidence that the man who met this terrible fate was once a king -- and he didn't go down without a fight.

The Old Croghan Man was believed to be well over six feet tall, which was a startling height for a man who lived between 362 and 175 B.C.

The leather band that they found on his arm suggests that this guy was a king.

During this period, kings were sacrificed by tribesmen if harvests were poor.

This ancient king was taken to a bog near Croghan Hill and stabbed to death.

His nipples were also removed, which was the mark of a bad leader back then. Evidence suggests that he struggled, but he eventually succumbed to his wounds. When he died, his body was cut in half and buried in the bog.

The Old Croghan Man was found three months after the discovery of another man who met a similar fate.

That guy, known as the "Clonycavan Man," was also a sacrificed king.

Even though Clonycavan's head was destroyed by his murderer, archaeologists figured out a way to reconstruct his face.

These two corpses, along with a few more bog bodies, can be seen at the National Museum of Ireland. I saw the bodies when I visited, and I can tell you that seeing how well these bodies are preserved is a uniquely terrifying experience. If you ever venture to Dublin, you should totally check them out.