Weerdinge Men

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Weerdinge Men
The remains of the Weerdinge men shortly after discovery in 1904 prepared for air drying (photographfer Geert Jannes Landweer [nl])

The Weerdinge men were two naked bog bodies found in Drenthe, the Netherlands, in the southern part of Bourtanger Moor in 1904. Radiocarbon dating shows that the two likely died between ca.160 BC to ca.220 AD. At first, it was believed that one of the two bodies was female, which led to the name "Weerdinge couple", or, more popular, "Mr. and Mrs. Veenstra", veen being the Dutch term for bog and "Veenstra" being a very common Dutch surname.[1]


The more complete Weerdinge man had a large wound on his chest, through which his intestines spilled out. Some observers believe that this points to a ritualistic purpose for the killing.[1] Strabo, a Roman historian, recounts tales of Iron Age Europeans attempting to divine the future by "reading entrails."[2] The cause of death of the other Weerdinge Man is unknown.


Coordinates: 52°50′48″N 6°57′24″E / 52.84667°N 6.95667°E / 52.84667; 6.95667[3]

  1. ^ a b Nephin, Dan (6 July 2005). "Mummy Exhibit Shows Off Interactive Side". AP Online. Retrieved 16 May 2014.(subscription required)
  2. ^ NOVA | The Perfect Corpse | Bog Bodies of the Iron Age (non-Flash) | PBS
  3. ^ van der Sanden, Wijnand (1990). Mens en moeras: veenlijken in Nederland van de bronstijd tot en met de Romeinse tijd. Assen: Drents Museum. pp. 62 Fig 14. ISBN 90-70884-31-3.