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Lindow Man Discovery of Lindow Man On May 13 1983 Andy Mould a commercial peat worker was loading peat onto a shredder at Lindow Moss a large and ancient bog in Lindow England He pulled out of one block of peat what he thought was an old deflated football However after hosing it off Andy realised that he found a skull with one eyeball still intact It was later determined to have belonged to a woman over 1750 years ago The find was small and considered fairly insignificant Just over one year later at the same peat Bog Andy Mould was again inspecting large lumps of peat for any stones or pieces of wood He grabbed at what he thought was an old log and threw it to his co-worker However as the wood hit the ground the peat around it crumbled and exposed a human foot Local authorities extracted the rest of the body and it was so well preserved that police believed they had found the remains of a woman who was reported missing 20 years earlier However this time Andy Moulds discovery was more significant than he could ever have imagined for Lindow Moss had revealed 2000 year old secret of Lindow Man and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death Preservation of the Body At the Time of Death Lindow Mans body did not decay whilst in the peat bog for three main reasons 1The water in the Lindow Moss peat bog was anaerobic free of oxygen so bacteria was unable to grow and decompose the body 2The bog was highly acidic around pH4 This preserved Lindow Mans features as well as his hair fingernails and skin almost perfectly 3The freezing cold temperature of Lindow Moss meant that his body was refrigerated and decay was stopped These factors enabled Lindow Man to be preserved in near perfect condition allowing archaeologists to catch a glimpse of the death rituals of an ancient Celtic
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