Ancient Human Remains Yr 11

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Ancient Human Remains
Lindow Man, Outzi

Places of discovery
Lindow Man
-Found in a peat bog in Cheshire, England 1984. By two workmen found a foot in their piece of machinery. Outzi Ice Man
-Thursday 19th September 1991 by Erica and Helmut Simon as they were mountaineering in the Alps between Austria and Italy.

Describe the Physical appearance of Lindow man and dating of finds

Lindow man
-Radiocarbon dating techniques was used to date the Lindow man. We found that he died in the first Century. He was between 25-30 years old when he died. Also they assessed the age of the organic remains of the peat which also gave a similar reading of the Lindow mans age. -He had a brown beard and moustache, which had stepped ends evidenced by the use of scanning electron microscope. Indicating he trimmed with fine scissors. -He had mild arthritis in back and leg,

-Good teeth, well manicured nails. (Celts were very clean people as they invented soap). -His torso had a high level of copper pigment, which might have been applied as body paint. As Celtic men in battle use to fight naked covered in body paint. Using atomic absorption spectrometry. -He was probably 1.68m by using is humerus arm bone. Slightly taller than men of that time.

Outzi Ice man
-Typology= was used to date the axe said to be from 4000 years ago. From early Bronze Age due to design of the blade. -Scientific testing= on axe shows the level of copper therefore said to be from copper age. -Radio carbon dating= of hip tissue showed that he was 5300 years old. Backed up by testing on grass and pollen found with body.

Explain the effect of the environment on the preservation of the bodies in peat bogs

-Bog environments are very important in preserving ancient human remains particularly in NM Europe including Scotland and England. - Bogs are characterized as marshy areas with high organic content however they are anaerobic environments where decomposing...
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