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Omega-3 laden Camelina found in prehistoric N. European diets

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You know that Camelina is rich in omega-3 fatty acid and α-linolenic acid.

But what about the fact that Camelina was found in the digestive system of the ancient Tollund Man?

The Tollund Man lived in the Pre-Roman Iron Age, 4th Cent BC. The body was found remarkably preserved in a Danish peat bog in the 1950s.

Scientists discovered that his last meal had been a kind of porridge made from wild and cultivated crops and seeds: barley, linseed, gold of pleasure (Camelina sativa), knotweed, bristlegrass, and chamomile.

There were no traces of meat in The Tollund Man’s digestive system. It seems Camelina was part of the diet of Northern Europe in this period, as stomach contents of other bog bodies have revealed.

The Tollund Man can be found today in the Silkeborg Museum. Here is the Wiki on The Tollund Man: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tollund_Man Photo © 2004 Silkeborg Public Library, Silkeborg Museum

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