Historical knowledge

Was it murder?

When the woman from Huldremose was found in 1879, it was first believed that she had been the victim of a crime. Around the same time a man was reported missing in the area. As a result various local men were called to the scene to help with the case. These consisted of the local police constable Siersted, the district doctor Steenberg and Hoffmeyer, a pharmacist from Grenå. The body was taken to the nearest farm, where it was undressed and washed. When it was realized that the body was that of a woman, the criminal case was abandoned and the corpse was then buried in the churchyard at Ørum. Later Steenberg made contact with the National Museum, which asked the local authorities to dig the body up again. Shortly afterwards the woman and her clothes were sent by steamship to Copenhagen. Before this the doctor wrote the following to the National Museum: “The hole body was covered with woollen clothes."  He had also made sure that the woman’s clothes were washed and wrote: “The clothes are now hanging out to dry at my farm after being washed." Inspite of the hard treatment the 2000-year-old costume is one of the most well-preserved examples of prehistoric textiles.

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