The Bog Blog Post

27 Sep

Last saturday we took a trip to Causey Farm, which was a great taste of Ireland’s rural beauty that I had not yet experienced. We baked bread, learned to play hurling, milked cows, and got to appreciate many aspects of an Irish farm. One of the most interesting things we did on this trip was the visit to the bog, which is an area of peatland that forms in areas of high rainfall.

The bog itself has an interesting consistency. It’s almost similar to quicksand in a way. It reminds me a lot of the mud in the marshes on the Georgia coastline. Just like the bog, if you jump into it, it’s going to take some effort do get yourself out. Although I neglected to bring spare clothes and did not actually jump into the bog, it looked like a really fun time.

Something very interesting to me was that the bog preserves things that are buried under it. This has been true for many ancient artifacts, including human bodies. Even in the Causey farm bogland there as been human body discoveries, and the bodies remain preserved like a mummy. The oldest bog body ever found in Ireland dated back to 5000 BC, with its clothes still intact. Knowing this, I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that there is a lot to be learned about the past from the bogs of Ireland.

-Reynolds Hodges

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