-Some of the preserved human bodies recovered from bogs had had their
-skulls crushed, had been strangled (the rope is still around their
-necks) and had their throats cut.
The body of "Lindow Man" from Cheshire had these signs, but weer
they present in any other bog bodies? I know some of the Danish
examples had a rope around the neck, but did any have the cut throat
and head injury? (and since they were placed in water, drowning may
have been part of the death).
-The 'triple death suggests a ritual killing rather than the execution
-of a criminal.
But it would be hard to prove either way, without records. Obviously
the definition of "criminal" behaviour has been infinitely variable -
stepping in the Kings shadow, or walking round your hut the wrong way
may have condemned you to be the next "sacrifice". And we cannot rule
out that the "ritual" method of his death might still have been
employed by someone carrying out a vendetta/grudge/crime of passion
or extremely vicious highway robbery!
-Julius Ceaser describes the 'Wicker Man' that he saw in Gaul. This
-consisted of a huge human figure made from interwoven sticks. The
-torso was hollow and captured foes were placed inside the torso. The
-entire thing was then set alight.
Treat with extreme caution anything said about the Celts by the
Romans (or Greeks) unless there is independent verification. Malice,
misunderstandings and/or a gullible acceptance of travellers tales
may have played a part.
I'm not saying the Celts didn't carry out human sacrifice - just that
proving it is exceptionally difficult!