Historical knowledge

Punishment or sacrifice?

We do not know the exact circumstances surrounding the death of the woman from Huldremose. She was fully clothed, had a ring on her finger, amulets in one of her skin capes and two amber beads around her neck. Her possessions were not stolen by the killers. On her breast lay a stick of willow. These features indicate care for the dead, similar to that which takes place at a funeral, as opposed to the simple disposal of a body after a crime. Perhaps she died during a ritual before being laid in a holy bog? Or else she broke the laws of the time and had to pay for it with her life? Under all circumstances she did not receive a normal burial in the form of a funeral pyre or interment like other Iron Age people.

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