Lindow Manchester


Reconstruction of a Bog Landscape
Votive deposits in water - a postcard from a previous Lindow Man exhibition. This seems to be based on discoveries at La Tene rather than Lindow Moss.

Votive deposits in water – a postcard from a previous Lindow Man exhibition. This seems to be based on discoveries at La Tene rather than Lindow Moss.

A member of staff at the museum in Newcastle, where Lindow Man will be going in the spring/summer,  recently emailed me asking about artistic reconstructions of the bog landscape. We didn’t use any landscape  images in the Lindow Man exhibition and I know this caused some disappointment to some of the visitors I spoke to last summer. I could only think of some postcards made for one of the earlier exhibitions in 1987 or 1991  that show votive deposits in water. Then I remembered colleague Matthew Hyde’s photocopies from a book called Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape by F.H.A.Aalen, K.Whelan and M.Stout published in 1998. On pages 115-6 there is a sequence of drawings showing the changes in an Irish bog from the Mesolithic through to the present day. I guess Figure D depicting the most active phase of growth durign the Celtic Iron Age is most relevant. It is interesting that the caption to Figure D which shows post 17th century exploitation says the bogland edge attracted settlements of marginal people as turf was the poor man’s fuel (pg 116).  There is a direct link here with Lindow Moss. More on this anon.

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