Comparatively few glass objects have been found in Britain (Guido 1978), but many of them have been subjected to a systematic analysis (Henderson 1981, 1985, 1987a and b, 1992; Henderson and Warren 1981). As a result it is now becoming clear that the production of beads and bracelets was a complex matter. Manufacture seems to have been restricted to very few sites. At Hengistbury Head, Dorset, raw glass, in the form of blocks of purple and yellow glass, was being imported, presumably from Gaul or the Mediterranean, and although direct evidence of manufacture was not found, the number of fragments of finished beads and bracelets recovered from the site strongly suggests that Hengistbury was a production centre converting imported raw materials into finished items (Henderson 1987a). Another glassworks has been located at Meare, Somerset, where the unusually large number of glass items from the old excavations has hinted at local production for some time. The discovery of a partially finished bead now provides direct evidence that this was the case (Henderson 1981, 1992). The rarity of glass beads and bracelets in Britain and the very slight evidence of production so far discovered is an indication of the prestige in which glass was probably held and the high status of glass-workers.