Hospital scanner probes Iron Age bog death
|Bryan Sitch, curator of archaeology at the museum, said it now appeared the man had been beaten about the head, garrotted and then beheaded [Credit: BBC]|
The scans at the Manchester Children's Hospital have now revealed more details about his violent death.
Doctors said CAT scan tests revealed damage to the remains of his neck, almost certainly caused by a ligature.
Speculation about the death of the man, thought to be in his 20s or 30s, has previously included robbery or human sacrifice.
Bryan Sitch, curator of archaeology at Manchester Museum, said it now appeared the man was bludgeoned over the head, garrotted then beheaded.
|Computed Tomography (CT) scan of the head of Worsley Man. The scan shows a number of staples used to repair the skull following a Coroner’s inquest in the 1950s [Credit: Professor Judith Adams/Manchester Academic Health Science Centre]|
"This really was an extraordinary level of violence, it could be that there was some sort of ritual behind this."
The death of Worsley Man shares some similarities with another Iron Age body found in a Cheshire peat bog in 1984.
Tests on Lindow Man, who lived around 150 years earlier, suggest he had also been garrotted, as well as having his throat slit.
Source: BBC News Website [March 08, 2012]