Blodwen's Neolithic skeleton set for Llandudno Museum

Blodwen's bones laid out on a table Blodwen is due to return to Llandudno in February or March

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A fitting resting place for the skeleton of a Neolithic woman is to be constructed in readiness for her return to Conwy county.

Fundraisers have secured £3,000 to pay for "Blodwen" to have a new display case built at Llandudno Museum.

She was found on the nearby Little Orme in 1891.

Carbon dating revealed she died around 3,510 BC. She was in her late 50s or early 60s and was about 5ft (1.52m).

The engineer who stumbled across Blodwen while excavating quarry works donated her to the Bacup Natural History Society in Lancashire where he lived, and she has remained there ever since.

'Best welcome home'

Blodwen has been loaned to Llandudno twice for exhibitions, but reaching an agreement for her permanent return has taken careful negotiation.

The museum launched an appeal to give her the "best welcome home possible" which will also include community events, workshops and activities.

Museum trustees say she provides an insight into the resort's early residents.

Orthopaedic examinations show Blodwen was powerfully built, and her bone structure suggests she was accustomed to carrying heavy loads, both on her head and in her arms.

She had severe arthritis in her neck and knees and at the time of her death she was also suffering from secondary cancer.

The examination of her bones also suggested she was from a farming community.

Experts believe she would have been an elder of her community, due to her unusually advanced age for the time.

Blodwen is due to return to the resort in February or March.

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