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Monday, 18 June, 2001, 07:29 GMT 08:29 UK
'Brymbo Man' meets his public
Brymbo Man and casket
The 3,500-year-old skeleton was found in a burial casket
The remains of a Bronze Age man are due to be returned to north Wales and put on public display after extensive efforts to recreate his identity.

Scientists in Manchester have been working on preserving the 3,500 year old remains, nicknamed Brymbo Man.

The preservation work has included recreating his skeleton and features.

The facial reconstruction work has yielded clues to his identity
The facial reconstruction work has yielded clues to his identity
Now final preparations are under way for Brymbo Man to go on display at Wrexham town museum.

The early Bronze Age discovery was made in the village of the same name in 1958 and is considered to be one of Wales's most important archaeological finds.

The remains were uncovered by a workman digging a trench.

Brymbo Man was found still in his burial chamber and with a flint knife at his side.

Reconstruction

With the aid of modern scientific techniques, experts at Manchester University have reconstructed his skull and face.

Little is known about his origins, but painstaking reconstruction work has revealed he stood 5ft 7ins tall, was about 40 years of age and was right-handed.

The launch of the new exhibit will be attended by children from Brymbo school and relatives of Ron Pritchard, one of the workers who found the burial site 43 years ago.

In 1999, the remains of a 3,000-year-old Bronze Age skeleton found in caves in the Swansea valley were reburied.

The bones were among 42 skeletons found at the Dan-yr-Ogof show caves in Abercraf, in the Swansea Valley.

The area is thought to have been the scene of fierce inter-tribal battles during the Bronze Age and the caves could have been used as a refuge from conflict.

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