Beliefs and behaviour
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The evidence available for studying the belief systems of Iron Age communities is varied both in quantity and quality and in its geographical spread across the country. Among the various categories, the most proliﬁc is direct evidence for the disposal of the dead which comes not only in the form of regular burials but in the less tangible traces of excarnation. Other displays of belief are reﬂected in a varied array of deliberate depositions thrown into rivers, lakes or bogs or placed in the ground in specially dug holes or in existing pits or ditches. To this may be added a few disparate literary references concerned largely with the Druids and the less tangible assumptions which can be drawn from the limited place-name evidence. Together this array of sources offers the impression of a highly complex belief system pervading the everyday life of the people and even present in their perception of landscape.