Lindow Woman

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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, on 13 May 1983 by commercial peat-cutters. The remains were a skull fragment, with soft tissue and hair attached.

Police were called to investigate. For some years, a local man, Peter Reyn-Bardt, had been under suspicion of murdering his wife in the 1950s, and of disposing of her body. Thinking that the skull fragment came from his wife's body, Reyn-Bardt confessed to her murder, and was sent for trial at Chester Crown Court in December 1983. Carbon-14 dating of the skull fragment returned a date of 1740 ± 80BP (c.AD250). Reyn-Bardt was convicted of his wife's murder, even though no trace of her body was found.[1]

In 1984 the same bog yielded Lindow Man, the most extensive bog body yet found in England.

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  1. ^ Brothwell 1986, p. 12.

Coordinates: 53°19′23″N 2°16′11″W / 53.32306°N 2.26972°W / 53.32306; -2.26972