Case study: lowland wetland conservation

  • Brian Moss


In the first century AD a raised bog near what is now Wilmslow in Cheshire was still actively growing and continued to grow for some centuries. Pollen and other reconstructions suggest a surface of shallow pools and Sphagnum hummocks surrounded by the still extensive wild wood of the Cheshire Plain. Unknown events brought a sacrificial victim to this place sometime during the Celtic period. He was ritually murdered by being hit on the head while kneeling in position, by garrotting and by throat cutting. He was then left submerged in one of the acid pools, and the tanning properties of the peat water preserved many of his body features until its discovery in 1984 (Stead et al., 1986). The remains of two further bodies of similar age have been found in Lindow Moss. It is a site of some significance, potentially contributing much to our knowledge of ourselves.


Mangrove Swamp Floodplain System Peat Mining Peat Water Drain Peat Soil 


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