Monday, January 23, 2006

Ancient gay bashing?

Irish Bog Mummy Used Hair Gel
By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News

Jan. 19, 2006— Evidence for Iron Age male vanity has emerged from an Irish peat bog, according to archaeologists who discovered the savagely murdered bodies of two prehistoric men.

Named after the places in central Ireland where they were found in 2003 — Croghan Hill and Clonycavan — the bog men, both over 2,300 years old, revealed surprising fashion customs: one used hair gel to keep his hairdo in place and the other had dainty, well-manicured fingernails on lifelike hands.

A young male just five feet, two inches (160 centimeters) tall, Clonycavan Man died from a severe head wound with an axe.

His forearms, hands and lower abdomen are missing: most likely, they were hacked off by a peatcutting machine.

"Clonycavan Man's hair style was swept upward on top of his head, perhaps to add a few inches to his height. The hair was held in place by a type of 'hair gel' which was composed of a mixture of pine resin and vegetable oil," Bog Bodies Project coordinator Isabella Mulhall told Discovery News. Read entire story...

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