Historical knowledge

A blow to the head

An injury to the back of her head shows that the woman from Gøngehusvej was hit with a blunt object. She must have survived this blow, because the wound has healed. However, such a heavy blow may have caused some degree of brain damage and probably led to reduced hearing or sight. The reason why the woman received a blow to the head is unknown. By her head was a large bone hairpin and a grebe bill, which may once have been part of a hat made of bird skin. Perhaps this headgear hid the scar at the base of her head.

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