Will Bog Archaeology Fade Away?
Climate change and other human activities are transforming bogs in ways that may destroy the famously well-preserved artifacts and human remains many contain.
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In the southernmost tip of Sweden, just over an hour from neighboring Denmark, is the ancient peat bog of Ageröd. For nearly a century, this waterlogged landscape has been revealing its secrets to archaeologists, including glimpses into the lives of the area’s inhabitants some 8,000 years ago.
But in September 2020, the bog led to a different kind of discovery. Adam Boethius, an archaeologist at Sweden’s Lund University, and his colleagues published a comparison of bones collected in Ageröd in recent years to those gathered in the 1940s and 1970s.