Finding human remains in the bog wasn’t entirely unexpected as there have long been tales of body pieces showing up in bogs like Lindow Moss in Northern Europe.
The mystery surrounding the human sacrifices interred in bogs around Europe. Bodies from the ancient past that are eerily well preserved periodically show up in the bogs of Northern Europe. Even stranger than their extraordinary preservation is the terrible way in which they passed away. The substantial, rounded object that Andrew Mould discovered buried in peat in Lindow Moss Bog in Cheshire, northwest England, reminded him of a vintage leather football. But upon closer inspection, it turned out to be something far grislier. In the course of his job, Mould had already read about similar incidents and discovered “bits and pieces,” but this was brand-new information. As a result, Mould went to the police, the Cheshire Constabulary had suspected a local man, Peter Reyn-Bardt, of killing his wife Malika de Fernandez for more than 20 years. Reyn-Bardt was unaware that the skull was not at all related to his late wife. In actuality, the object belonged to a woman who had lived almost 1,600 years ago.