Worsley Man
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Worsley Man
Age 20-30
Sex M
Culture Possibly Romano-British Celt
Date(s) Around AD 120
Site Salford peat bog
Current Location
Location Manchester Museum, Oxford Road
Catalog #

The Worsley Man was found in August of 1958, by men digging peat in an area near Worsley. Only as a mummified head was discovered. After many tests, it was discovered that this man's head had been buried there for at least 100 years. After a thorough inspection in 1987, the mummified head revealed many traumas. There was a wound behind the right ear, a fracture on thee top of the skull, and a cut through the vertebrae displaying that the man had been beheaded. There were are remains of a garotte found around his neck.


He was discovered in a Salford peat bog, a place where natural mummification can occur. The mummification occurs when the chemistry in the bog meets the right conditions. They must have acidic, oxygen-poor conditions, which are made up in layers of dead moss. CT scans put a date of 1,900 years on the remains.


It was believed that the Worsley man's death could have been part of a ritual. He was identified as being around 20-30 years old.

3D scans show a pointed object hidden deep within Worsley Man’s neck. This object appears to be a spear tip that snapped off when thrust into him. Forensic analysis has revealed that he was also bashed over the head with a heavy blade, garrotted, and decapitated.


Interpretations of this rite vary from judicial punishment to scape-goating or ritual sacrifice (Aldhouse Green 2001).


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