This man was murdered sometime between 1350 and 1370 A.D.
Source: Dagens Nyheter.
The Bocksten Man (link is to Swedish Wikipedia entry), pictured above, was murdered and his body pinned down by three thick stakes of wood, two of them birch, and the third one—through the heart—of oak. It most likely wasn’t a robbery, since he was found carrying his knives and still wearing his expensive robe.
The reason we know him is that his body was found in Bocksten, Sweden, having been preserved through the ages by his having been staked down in a bog which was then drained in 1936, when the remains where found.
During the 14th century in Sweden, it was common practice to stake down the corpses of people you thought might come back to haunt you after death. Due to the fine clothing worn by the Bocksten Man, as well as his soft hands, the current best theory is that he was some sort of tax collector or military recruiter, and thus a person of influence whose silence, even in death, had to be ensured.
As much as his resting place in the bog has preserved the Bocksten Man, there wasn’t much more than a skeleton and the fibers of the clothes he was wearing to go on when he was found. The picture you see above is the result of the work of doll maker Oscar Nilsson, who used skills from forensic investigations to recreate what the Bocksten Man probably looked like, based on the remains and the cultural circumstances during which he lived.
He lived 600 years ago, was brutally murdered, and this may very well be what he looked like…
Source: Dagens Nyheter.
Posted Friday, 02 June, 2006 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.