Tuesday, November 18, 2014

This is “Red Franz”, he was found in a bog on Bourtanger Moor in Germany near Neu Versen. Upon his discovery he was nicknamed “Red Franz” for the color of his hair which is a direct result of the acids found in the peat of the bog that was his home for hundreds of years until his discovery in 1900. After his discovery he was moved to a local museum where he was examined by scientist whom concluded he spent much of his life on horse back due to “rider’s facets” in his thighbones and hips caused by excessive time spent riding. Along with his rider’s facets is was discovered that he survived a broken collarbone as well as a long healed injury to his upper arm caused by an arrow strike. Curators only managed to discover his cause of death after turning him to rest on his abdomen after decades of being displayed face down where upon they where able to obverse that his throat had been deeply slashed.

Photo credit: Robert Clark via National Geographic
 
This is “Red Franz”, he was found in a bog on Bourtanger Moor in Germany near Neu Versen. Upon his discovery he was nicknamed “Red Franz” for the color of his hair which is a direct result of the acids found in the peat of the bog that was his home for hundreds of years until his discovery in 1900. After his discovery he was moved to a local museum where he was examined by scientist whom concluded he spent much of his life on horse back due to “rider’s facets” in his thighbones and hips caused by excessive time spent riding. Along with his rider’s facets is was discovered that he survived a broken collarbone as well as a long healed injury to his upper arm caused by an arrow strike. Curators only managed to discover his cause of death after turning him to rest on his abdomen after decades of being displayed face down where upon they where able to obverse that his throat had been deeply slashed.
 

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