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Bracelet of glycymeris

Bracelet of glycymeris, late Neolithic, 6.7 × 6.1 × 07 cm, Cova del Frare (Matadepera). MdT 207 Photo: Terrassa Museum

Bracelet of glycymeris, late Neolithic, 6.7 × 6.1 × 07 cm, Cova del Frare (Matadepera). MdT 207 Photo: Terrassa Museum

This bracelet, made of marine shellfish, was found in the area of Sant Llorenç del Munt, specifically on the Cova del Frare archaeological site in the municipal district of Matadepera.  The piece was probably part of an offering in a secondary burial. 

In the mid-late Neolithic (3500-2500 BC) burials could be individual or collective. The body was placed in a foetal posture in a grave or a basket. At the end of the Neolithic (2500-2200 BC) the ritual changed: burials became secondary and successive (remains of different individuals with no anatomical relation) in caves, hollows, overhangs, megaliths and so on.

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