Get your hands dirty

Palaeoecology at Lindow Moss – Fieldtrip


Why not get stuck in to the world of Palaeoecology at the world famous Lindow Moss site, where, in 1984 the body of a man was found preserved in the bog.

The conditions in the peat bog meant that the man’s skin, hair and many of his internal organs are well preserved. Radiocarbon dating shows that he died between 2 BC and AD 119. ( Ref: British Museum).


There two events coming up as part of our Summer Events Festival, which means you can now be a part of the research carried out today at the famous Lindow Moss site.

Monday 1st June 2015

9.30 – 3pm

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Where to meet: By the statue of John Dalton (seated) outside the Chester Street entrance to the Faculty of Science & Engineering (please be on time)

What to expect: This field visit will allow you to engage in current research at the University and will take you to the nationally and internationally famous site of Lindow Moss. Find out why the site is so well known, if you don’t already know, and also find out about its environmental history. You will get a chance to participate in a pilot landscape evaluation exercise, as well as to assist in retrieving palaeoecological samples as part of on-going research.    

What to bring: June yes, but it could be cold and wet, so make sure you have sufficient warm and waterproof clothing. A pair of wellington boots is also a very good idea (if you are really struggling with this item please email me,, prior to the fieldtrip and let me know your shoe size). In the event of sun, a hat and sunblock are a good idea, and in all weathers it is useful to have a water bottle with you.

Lunch: I’m thinking of adjourning to a local pub


Monday 8th June

1-3 pm


Follow-up session: Dendrochronology – How do you do it?

Where to meet: By John Dalton Central Reception – accessible from the Chester Street entrance to the Faculty of Science & Engineering (please be on time)

What to expect: You will get a chance to find out how to determine the age of pieces of wood sampled from historic buildings or from peat bogs, and also what other information is contained in tree rings. You will see MMU dendrochronology equipment in action and get a chance to make your own interpretations of tree-ring patterns. This session is designed to follow-up the palaeoecological sampling undertaken on the Lindow Moss fieldtrip.

What to bring: Yourself!

Look forward to seeing you at one or both of the above



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