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Witches and Bog Bodies

Episode 8 of 10

Susan Morrison and Louise Welsh swap tales of Scotland's darker history in our Halloween special, finding out who gets buried in a bog and getting up close and personal with a witch from the early 1700s.

30 minutes

Susan Morrison with Dr Chris Rynn as Lilias Adie’s face is reconstructed

Susan Morrison with Dr Chris Rynn as Lilias Adie’s face is reconstructed

Dr Christopher Rynn, lecturer at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at  the University of Dundee shows Susan how he works on digital facial reconstruction 

Lilias as she may have been in modern times

Lilias as she may have been in modern times

Dr Christopher Rynn brought Lilias right up to date as a contemporary elderly woman 

Louise Welsh with the remains and clothes of 18th century Arnish Moor Man

Louise Welsh with the remains and clothes of 18th century Arnish Moor Man
Louise went to the National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh with Trevor Cowie and Colin Wallace where the remains of the bog body, which was discovered in 1964 on Arnish Moor on the Isle of Lewis, is kept.

The beautifully preserved wool bonnet found with the body

The beautifully preserved wool bonnet found with the body
Wool lasts a very long time in bog conditions and every stich of the knitting on the bonnet is visible.  Analysis shows it had been died, probably an indigo colour and around the rim there was a diced band – familiar to us from old images 

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