A murder mystery
In 1984, a man working in Lindow Moss bog found an object. He thought it was a piece of wood but it was someone's foot. When the bog was searched, more of the same body was found - it became known as Lindow Man. The body was taken to the British Museum to be examined.
This is where Lindow Man was found. It is called a peat bog – peat is a special type of thick, dark, soggy soil. The conditions in the bog kept the body of Lindow Man from rotting away.
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The chemicals in the peat bog turned Lindow Man’s skin orange and his hair a ginger colour. Using information from his skull, skin and hair, experts have created a picture that shows what he might have looked like when he was alive.
Lindow Man has several injuries on his head and neck, and he was dead before he was placed face down in a pool in the bog. But nobody is sure who killed him or why. This X-ray shows that the body was squashed flat by the weight of the peat.
Lindow Man's last supper
No clothes or jewellery were found on Lindow man – all he was wearing was a fox fur armband. Experts can tell what food he ate from looking in his stomach. His last meal probably included flat bread, cooked over a fire made of wood and heather.
A two-thousand-year bog bath!
The body was lifted out of the bog inside a big block of peat, and taken to the British Museum to be cleaned. Cleaning his body took five days. In this photograph water is being gently sprayed on the peat to wash it away from the body.
The big freeze
After being examined and cleaned, the body was freeze-dried to stop it rotting. In the past many bog bodies were reburied soon after they were found, because they started to decay once they were dug up. Once the body was freeze-dried it was put into a specially built case.
Looking after Lindow Man
The Museum has to look after Lindow Man very carefully. The temperature in his display case is always kept at 20° C. In the photograph you can see all the pipes and machines that help to keep his body in exactly the right conditions.
Lindow Man's gallery home
Lindow Man has only been off display three times in 25 years, since he was first viewed by the public in 1985. In this picture he's returning to his case at the Museum from a visit to Manchester and Newcastle. You can visit Room 50 and see him for yourself!