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|Jet plate Via BBC|
It appears the archaeologists have already been able to reassemble the necklace and have said it is crescent shaped, though the final assembly has not been publicized. Jet black seems to have been a luxury item worn by women during the Beaker period, mostly in Britain, and then mostly in Northeastern Britain. The archaeologists seem to think this material made its way from Whitby, North Yorkshire.
This is an important find for understanding the Beaker period of the Isle of Man. For one, it shows that the people living on Man were more connected to the outside world than previously thought. Importantly for Man is the fact that they have skeletal remains of a (probable) Beaker for the first time (the other burials have all been cremations). This individual (maybe a woman) may answer some questions about the settlement of the island and the integration of the previous natives if her ancestry is significantly mixed, or not. There appears to be an isotope and DNA analysis underway and that will be huge.
|jet plate via BBC|
The Berk Farm necklace really changes how prehistoric Man may be viewed in the context of the neighboring islands. These people were wealthy enough, or shallow enough, to desire fine things from distant places. Or maybe they were just shallow people from distant places. Isotopes may tell.
|Fowler and Crellin via BBC|
See the Newcastle University release