You Won’t Believe the Story of the Haraldskaer Woman
Trending| | By David Clarke
It is not often that archaeologists are able to find well-preserved human remains. When it does happen, it’s absolutely spectacular. Science has come such a far way that we’re able to gather information about corpses more than we have ever been able to before! When you study a body, you can figure out where they lived, how they lived, what they ate, and how they died. These are just a few possibilities with what scientists and archaeologists are able to find when examining and analyzing a body. The best part is that they can also potentially match up a body with someone who lived in history!
That is the case for The Haraldskaer woman.
Of course, her body has been reexamined since it was discovered in 1835.
Scientists found that when she had been buried, she had been on a diet of unhusked millet and blackberries. This discovery was made in 2000 by The Department Of Forensic Science at the University of Aarhus. But who was this mystery woman that they found? Could she be of royal lineage? Some speculated that the woman had been the Norwegian queen Gunhild. It was believed in history that this queen had been drowned in a bog by the orders of the Danish King. However, there isn’t really a solid way to prove that these remains have any royal lineage. It was determined, however, that this could not have been the Norwegian queen.
It appears that this woman died some 1,500 years before the queen had reigned. The only other information they were able to take from her remains is that she died in good health around 40 years old. After analyzing her teeth, it was also determined that she had died in the same place that she was born. Her body is now on display for visitors to see at St Nicolai Church in Vejle, Denmark. It’s really incredible how far we’ve come as a species that we are able to make discoveries like this and gather new and interesting information about our biological history! It’s not every day that scientists are able to make such important and interesting discoveries like this! This woman is hopefully just one of many more amazing discoveries we’ll be able to make throughout our history.