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In summary, it may be said that the burial patterns recognizable in the British Isles were complex. Cremation rites in the old Bronze Age style continued over much of the country into the sixth or ﬁfth century but thereafter three distinctive burial zones can be distinguished: in the west cemeteries of inhumations in cists were the norm; in Yorkshire inhumation in barrow cemeteries was common, while in the centre south excarnation and subsequent burial seem to have been widely practised. From the beginning of the ﬁrst century BC the rite of cremation became established once again in the south-east of the country where cremation cemeteries, sometimes of considerable size, developed: beyond this zone, however, the traditional rites of the Middle Iron Age continued unaffected.