3,400 years old Egtved girl grave discloses secrets about her journey of Life

In 1921, a team of archeologists surveying a primeval burial mound near the Danish village Egtved discovered a teenage girl’s grave. The girl, according to the scientists, was aged between 16 and 18 when she breathed her last.

The remains of the girl’s body included her teeth, nails, hair and small portions of her brain and skin. These were enough for the scholars to gather a series of significant facts about the girl.

The girl was dressed in a fine woolen outfit and had a bronze medallion on her belt; these features indicated that she enjoyed a high status. The Egtved girl was buried with cremated remains of an infant and a wooden bucket, which according to scientists, was once filled with beer. Also, when the scientists analyzed the oak coffin that carried the body of the girl, they found that she died around 3,400 years back.

All the above findings were results of the initial analysis carried out during the early 20th century. This week, which is almost a century after the body of the Egtved girl was discovered, a research team in Denmark has put forward some more facts about her.

Bronze Age Egtved girl's grave. (Photo : University of Copenhagen)
Bronze Age Egtved girl’s grave. (Photo : University of Copenhagen)

Analysis of the chemicals present in her body and different items found in the coffin has allowed scientists to conclude that the girl was not born in Denmark. Also, they have also revealed that the diet of the girl at times lacked protein. The most significant revelation of them all, however, is that the Egtved girl traveled a lot during the final days of her life.


In a study published in the widely read science journal Nature, the researchers have wrote that the analysis carried out by them has provided evidence indicating that the girl was engaged in periodically rapid and long-distance movements. The researchers have further written that their findings are forcing them to rethink that people belonging to the European Bronze Age could cover long distances within very short spans of time.

In a recently issued statement, the University of Copenhagen has said that this analysis of the body of the Egtved girl is special as this is the first time a research team has managed to track a prehistoric individual’s movements so precisely.