Tollund Man: Gift to the Gods (Paperback)

Tollund Man: Gift to the Gods By Christian Fischer Cover Image


Forget the gritty fiction—here is a real-life Scandinavian detective story

On May 6, 1950, Viggo and Emil Højgaard from the small village of Tollund were cutting mud to find peat for their stove in the Bjældskovdal peat bog, 12 kilometers west of Silkeborg, Denmark. As they worked, one of their wives noticed in the peat layer a corpse so fresh that they believed they had discovered a recent murder victim, and after much deliberation they notified the police at Silkeborg. The police were baffled by the body, and in an attempt to identify the time of death, they brought in archaeology professor P.V. Glob. Upon initial examination, Glob suggested that the body was more than 2,000 years old, and most likely the victim of a sacrifice. This book, written by the director of the museum at which Tollund Man has resided since his discovery, presents the investigations into this enigmatic figure and tells the story of his life and death based upon the evidence of the archaeological record.

About the Author

Christian Fischer is the recipient of the Westerby Prize for outstanding research in archaeology by the Danish National Museum, and the "Svend Bergsøes Fonds Formidlingspris" for outstanding public outreach.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780752486352
ISBN-10: 0752486357
Publisher: The History Press
Publication Date: December 1st, 2012
Pages: 192
Language: English