Dating bogs

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In some countries the peat is still cut from the ground in brick-shaped pieces and stacked for drying.

A peat fire in the hearth has a pleasantly smoky and evocative smell to many people, and is sought after for the subtle flavours it can impart in cooking.

There are enormous reserves of peat in some countries.

Bogs can be up to 12 metres (nearly 40 feet) deep of solid, waterlogged peat, but the usual maximum depth is around 7 metres (23 feet).

Commercially, peat is also used in potting mixes, and compressed into hard ‘briquettes’ for use as an easily-transportable and efficient heating fuel.

Many people know of bogs only through movies and books, where they are often depicted as eerie places.

K., Germany, the Netherlands, and especially Denmark, preserved by lack of oxygen and anti-microbial compounds from the sphagnum.

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A bog body is a human cadaver that has been naturally mummified in a peat bog.

Such bodies, sometimes known as bog people, are both geographically and chronologically widespread, having been dated to between 8000 BCE and the Second World War.

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