Bog Bodies at Fiskerton in Lincolnshire
Fiskerton is a small village close to Lincoln, the area is of great early historic importance and there’s been many a great find on the land the banks the River Witham
Fiskerton Fen, a Place I’ve been Before, was the site of a tremendous discovery, two Iron Age boats, one of which can be seen, still in remarkable condition, at the Collection in Lincoln, I photographed it some time ago.
Add to that a wooden causeway dated 300BC (was this excavated by Time Team?) plus swords, daggers and shield bosses etc you get an idea of what a special area it is.
There have also been several Neolithic polished stone axes found.
From later times, four socketed axes, Roman coins a Roman bronze skillet was found in the river Witham at Fiskerton.
The nature of certain bogs means things are sometimes well preserved, not just wood but also bone and back in 2003 a man walking his dog at Fiskerton saw an object in the mud . . .
I turned out to be a human skull, the police were called but soon it was clear it was ancient so off it went for dating with the hope it would be like a similar skull which appeared to have a sword strike!
This skull was of a 45 year old man and it was dated 390BC to 150BC !!
It certainly looks as though there’s a ritual element to the site, the number of spear heads etc certainly suggests there was a Pagan Worship element with all these goods being ritual offerings rather than lost goods or the remnants of battle.
It really does make you wonder what went on, what life was like and what still lies there unfound.
I’d be keen to find out about other finds at Fiskerton, I’m sure there’s much more unrecorded . . .
All the best