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Bone bead (Hg) which was discovered at the burial site known as 'Bedd Branwen' [Branwen's Grave], near the river Alaw, Llanbabo, Anglesey. By 1600 B.C. cremation had become the normal means of human burial. Following the cremation ceremony, the ashes and bones were either gathered and buried in a hole in the ground or were left on the surface. More attention was paid to the ashes on some occasions and they were placed in containers such as pottery urns. Sometimes items such as tools, weapons or personal ornaments were burnt and/or buried with the deceased. There is a difference between objects which adorned the corpse on the pyre and those which were placed for the use of the deceased in the after-life as offerings. The bone bead shown here was worn at the time of cremation by an important man, worthy of a rich burial (from burial H).

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