Archaeologist who recovered Lindow Man, the best preserved bog body in Britain

Rick Turner, who has died aged 66 of cancer, made the archaeological discovery of the 1980s when he recovered Lindow Man, the best preserved bog body in Britain. The find, in 1984, helped to pioneer new techniques of investigation and analysis, and provided fresh insight into how our ancestors lived.

As county archaeologist for Cheshire, Rick was called out to the Lindow Moss peat bog near Wilmslow by the police when a human foot was found by a worker at a commercial peat cutting site. An incomplete and decomposing female head had been discovered the previous year, and was initially regarded as evidence in a murder investigation before being shown to be that of a woman who had died around AD210.

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