I live near a peat bog in my home province of Newfoundland and so have taken an interest in reading more about this distinctive wet land. From their start as ponds or lakes, peat bogs eventually lose their water. Layers of dead plants pile up on the bottom, while layers of sphagnum moss grows on the surface. Eventually, sphagnum moss takes over the lake and prevents water from leaving the surface. The layers of sphagnum moss pack together and turn into peat, which build up into bogs.
Hundreds of bodies have been recovered from peat bogs and studied. Most of the bodies recovered in bogs have been found in Northern Europe, and these are the most famous, but a few have also been found right in North America. The two children’s nonfiction books I read on the topic of bog bodies focused on those unearthed in Europe.