Topic ID #21344 - posted 7/8/2012 3:58 AM

"Frankenstein" Bog Mummies Discovered in Scotland



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"Frankenstein" Bog Mummies Discovered in Scotland
Two ancient bodies made from six people, new study reveals.
Rachel Kaufman for National Geographic News July 6, 2012

In a "eureka" moment worthy of Dr. Frankenstein, scientists have discovered that two 3,000-year-old Scottish "bog bodies" are actually made from the remains of six people.

According to new isotopic dating and DNA experiments, the mummies—a male and a female—were assembled from various body parts, although the purpose of the gruesome composites is likely lost to history.

The mummies were discovered more than a decade ago below the remnants of 11th-century houses at Cladh Hallan, a prehistoric village on the island of South Uist (map), off the coast of Scotland.


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