Lindow Woman

Lindow Woman
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Lindow Woman, Lindow I
Age 30-50 years old
Sex Female
Status possible sacrifice
Height N/A
Culture England
Date(s) 1740 ± 80BP (c.AD250)
Site Lindow Moss, near Wilmslow, northwest England.
Current Location
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Lindow Woman, also known as Lindow I, is the name given to the partial remains of a female bog body, discovered in a peat bog at Lindow Moss, near Wilmslow, northwest England. The remains were a skull fragment, with soft tissue and hair attached. In 1984 the same bog yielded Lindow Man, the most extensive bog body yet found in England.

On May 13th, 1983, two peat workers at Lindow Moss noticed an unusual object on the elevator taking the peat towards the shredding machine. Upon further discovery, they realized that they had turned over an incomplete preserved human head, with attached remnants of soft tissue, brain, eye, optic nerve, and hair.The police, summoned by the Scouts suspected a crime, confiscated the remains and launched an investigation of murder.

Today, only the bony remains of the skull are available from the discovery after the improper handling of evidence by the police. The remains of the skull were anthropologically known as probably belonging to a 30-50 year-old woman. Recent studies, however, led to doubts as to the sex determination.


As most bog bodies, Lindow Woman was naturally mummified in a peat bog until discovery in 1983. The unifying factor of bog bodies is that they have been found in peat and are partially preserved, however the actual level of preservation vary widely due to conditions in death. Due to the conditions in which Lindow Woman were discovered, the cause of death is widely unknown. However, Lindow woman was not the only body to be found the in peat, a short year after discovery, Lindow Man or Lindow II, was discovery along with many other body parts of multiple others.


Forensics identified the skull was belonging to a European women. After later radiocarbon dating, it was revealed that the Lindow Woman's body was found to be nearly 2,000 years old, and dated from around AD 210. Today, only the bony remains of the skull are available from the discovery of Lindow Woman due to the improper handling of evidence by the police.


Years leading up to the discovery of the Lindow Woman, a local man Peter Reyn-Bardt, had been under suspicion of murdering his wife, Malika de Fernandez in 1960, and the unlawful disposing of her body. After the discovery of Lindow Woman, and under the belief that the skull fragment was one of Malika de Fernandez, Reyn-Bardt confessed to the murder of his wife. After the carbon-14 dating of the skull fragment came back dating from AD 210. Reyn-Bardt tried to revoke his confession, but was still later convicted of his wife's murder even though no trace of her body was ever found.


Don Reginald Brothwell, British Museum / Trustees (Hrsg.): . 4. Auflage. British Museum Publications, London 1991, ISBN 0-7141-1384-0, S. 15, Abb. 5.

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