Day: October 8, 2015

“Bog Bodies Uncovered: Solving Europe’s Ancient Mystery” by Miranda Aldhouse-Green

“Bog Bodies Uncovered: Solving Europe’s Ancient Mystery” by Miranda Aldhouse-Green c.2015, Thames & Hudson $29.95 / $35.95 Canada 224 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your favorite TV detective can solve anything. Give her a dead body, and she’ll find the killer. Show him a faint trail, and the thief will be collared in no time. No clue, no fingerprint, no smoking gun or too-good-to-be-true McGuffin escapes notice. Even so, no crime is perfect and, in “Bog Bodies Uncovered” by Miranda Aldhouse-Green, these corpses are 2,000 years old. Nearly two centuries ago, Danish peat cutters made a terrible discovery: they found a middle-age woman’s body, gruesomely skewered beneath the water of a bog by her elbows and knees. Authorities quickly surmised that the woman was once a queen – proof that a long-ago legend was true – and they reburied her with highest honors. Alas, she wasn’t a queen, nor was she the first body discovered in the bogs of northern Europe . She wouldn’t be the last, either; Aldhouse-Green believes that around a hundred such corpses, complete or partial, have been discovered over the centuries, although there may be more. To understand the how they got there, one must know how they remain. Bogs, as Aldhouse-Green explains, are bodies of water that lack oxygen which, with bog acid and Sphagnum (a kind of vegetation), helps ensure that once-living...

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Celtics beat Grizzlies on Gordon interception

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes An interception by Celt Tanner Gordon with 42 seconds left on the clock ended the McMinnville High School football team’s shot at beating McNary High School Friday, Oct. 2. McNary had just scored on a long drive to break a 21-21 tie. Up 27-21, McNary place kicker Gustavo Villalvazo planted the kickoff at the Grizzly’s one-yard line. The McMinnville offense took the field with 1:17 left in the game. After a first down that moved the ball to the McMinnville 26-yard line, Celt Hayden Sader sacked the Grizzly quarterback for an eight-yard loss on a second down attempt. When the Grizzlies attempted to make up for the loss in the air, Gordon sprinted ahead of the intended receiver and came up with drive-ending pick. “I was just trying to do my job and I had the deep path. I ended up out there with the ball in the air and got the grab,” Gordon said. The two teams traded punts at the outset of the game, but McNary surged to the end zone on its second drive of the night. McNary’s Matt Aguilar set off the drive by returning the kick to the McNary 38-yard line. Celt quarterback Trent Van Cleave made the notched three first downs on the ensuing drive while running back Brady Sparks made two before running the ball...

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