Foreword: Val McDermid * Introduction * 1. Discoveries & Discoverers * 2. The World of the Bog People: Space, Time and Society * 3. The Magic of Bog Preservation * 4. Crime Scene Investigation: the Application of Forensic Science * 5. Accident, Execution or Murder? * 6. Modus Operandi: Ways of Killing * 7. Instrumental Violence: Abuse with Purpose * 8. The Chosen Ones * 9. Natural Born Killers * 10. Bog Deaths & Human Sacrifice * Epilogue: Listening to the Dead: Bog Bodies Uncovered
A compelling ancient murder mystery bringing us face-to-face with our ancestors
Miranda Aldhouse-Green is Professor Emeritus at Cardiff University. She is the author of The Celtic Myths, Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend, Exploring the World of the Druids and, with Stephen Aldhouse-Green, The Quest for the Shaman.
'Professor Aldhouse-Green provides us with satisfyingly full
answers ... This archaeological detective story would interest any
aspiring Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple, or Agatha Christie herself'
'We can never know for certain how these bodies ended up with this very particular form of burial. All we can do is interrogate what is left. And that is what this book does so satisfyingly' - Val McDermid
'With clear, probing analysis, the benefit of recent discoveries, forensic science and her own deep knowledge of late prehistoric cultures, Miranda Aldhouse-Green brings us face-to-face with the past. Archaeology does not get more up close and personal than this' - David Miles, Former Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage