William Sterling

Lindow Man: how did he come to be sacrificed?

This topic was day three of a five part introduction to the European Galleries of the British Museum run at the City Lit and the Museum on 26 July 2013.  I hope to re-run the course in summer 2014.

We explored the mystery of Lindow man in the context of British history in the period of transition from Celtic to Roman Britain.  According to Sellars and Yeatman History started in 55 BC when Julius Caesar invaded Britain but there was already a flourishing culture here. Nearly 2000 years earlier objects of great beauty were being made in Britain and this session examines many of these from the pre-Celtic era as well as the Celtic period. The story of the Romans in Britain from 43 to 410 is also covered with varied objects from many locations and periods. Works examined include the Mold Gold Cape, the Ringlemere Cup, the Basse Yutz ewers, the Battersea helmet, Waterloo shield, Great Gold Snettisham torc, Lindow Man, the Vindolanda tablets, Head of Claudius, Mildenhall treasure, Lullingstone murals and Hoxne hoard.

Although this course did not run below are the slides I was to use as handouts and the object list.

Ancient Britain slides as handout

Roman Britain slides as handout

The European Galleries in the British Museum object lists Day 3

Early British Kings