In 2003 the bog body of Clonycavan Man was spotted in the industrial size seive of a peat processing plant. Clonycavan Man was naked; his head wrenched sharpley to the left, his legs and lower arms missing wripped away by the machine that had dug him from a bog in the Irish town of Clonycavan, hence his name.

Three months after Clonycavan Man came to light another ancient bog body named by scientisets as Old Coghan Man fell from the bucket of a backhoe digging in a bog 40 kilometres away in Old Croghan. Old Croghan Man had once stood almost 2 metres tall, but only his torso and arms remained.