The Bog Man & the Archaeology of People (Cloth)
Describes the discovery of a two-thousand-year-old body in a Chesire peat field, discusses the scientific analysis of the body, and explains how mummies reveal information about the past.
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In 1984, mechanical peat extraction at Lindow Moss in Cheshire, England, led to the discovery of the well-preserved body of a man. Following initial police interest, the corpse was identified as another 'bog body, ' an ancient human corpse preserved by chance or deliberate burial in an acidic peat bog...The discovery was timely, and this body of a young man who died around 300 B.C. became a testing ground for the many investigative and analytical procedures available to modern archaeology...A summary account of the Lindow Moss body is used as a taking-off point for a fascinating survey of bog bodies, Old and New World mummies, frozen Greenlanders and much more, a survey described by the author as a form of stocktaking on archaeological bodies in general..."The Bog Man" is a useful survey for archaeologists and anthropologists who wish to gain a knowledge of the archaeology of people, and to set the archaeology of artifacts in its proper context...[This is a] thoughtful and thought-prov