The Bocksten´s man

Bocksten’s Man is the County Museum’s major visitor attraction and therefore also one of Varberg’s major attractions. 2006 marked the seventieth anniversary of the discovery, 1936-2006, and a new exhibition was opened.

THE DISCOVERY
It is a sunny day in the mid-14th century. A well-to-do blond man is walking across an ostensibly deserted bog. Suddenly he is felled to the ground by a blow to the jawbone. The next blow strikes the man on the ear and he loses consciousness. The third blow is to the back of the head and it kills him instantly. The perpetrators try to cover over the corpse and drive posts into the lifeless body to prevent it being able to walk again and seek revenge. 

WHO IS IT
Almost 600 years later, eleven year old Thure Johansson is helping his father to harrow peat in the same bog. After a while a rag gets caught in the harrow. Little Thure goes over to have a look and inside the rags he finds a large number of bones. He immediately runs to show his father what he thought were the bones of a dead dog. The father, Albert, soon realised that it wasn’t a dog but a corpse. 

AT THE MUSEUM
On the following day the municipal medical officer arrives with his entourage. On studying the clothing more closely they come to the conclusion that it is prTHE DISCOVERY

It is a sunny day in the mid-14th century. A well-to-do blond man is walking across an ostensibly deserted bog. Suddenly he is felled to the ground by a blow to the jawbone. The next blow strikes the man on the ear and he loses consciousness. The third blow is to the back of the head and it kills him instantly. The perpetrators try to cover over the corpse and drive posts into the lifeless body to prevent it being able to walk again and seek revenge. 

WHAT HAPPENED
The remains are transported to the County Museum in Varberg for closer study. The newspapers write of a unique and sensational discovery that had been made in Bocksten’s bog and thereby name the medieval man ”Bocksten’s Man”. The find is soon given its own stand at the County Museum in Varberg. 

RECONSTRUCTION
Research quickly gets underway and, equally rapidly, the theories diverge. Some believe that he was murdered and others that he died a natural death and received the injuries during all the years in the bog. His long hair also indicates that he was a man of rank. To this day the theories on how he died and who he was are divergent. 

On 1 June 2006 a reconstruction of Bocksten’s Man was presented, a realistic figure produced by scanning and making prototypes. The figure is now on display in the County Museum in Varberg along with the original remains. Bocksten’s Man has now become the County Museum’s major attraction for visitors and therefore also one of Varberg’s major attractions. The discovery is unique in that the clothes and hair are so well preserved. obably medieval. It is therefore not, as they had first thought, a recently committed murder. When additional assistance arrives at the site the medieval man is lifted out of the bog where he had lain buried for 600 years. 

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Sidan uppdaterad 5/23/2012