The 'Queen's Barrow' is part of a group of high-status (sorry, had to say it) burials excavated in East Yorkshire, from an area that gives its name to the local Arras culture.
The cemetery site of Arras, at Arras Farm held over 100 barrows. The burials were discovered in the early 1800s by 'gentlemen antiquaries'. Needless to say, much of their digging and 'collecting' has been lost.
The extent of the Arras culture is loosely associated with the Parisi tribe whose burial practices are not found outside East Yorkshire, but have similarities with the La Tene culture on the Continent, including chariot burial, dated to several centuries BC and dying out after the Roman conquest.
The 'Arras' type of eye bead is one with a number of almost randomly placed eyes on a cobalt blue bead. They can range in size but almost all have a pattern that is slightly irregular in layout.
The 44 beads in this strand are an assortment based on the 54 beads held in the Yorkshire Museum. At one time there were estimated to be over 100 beads in the burial but many have been 'lost' over time. A larger set is also available in a separate listing.
The beads range from around 14-16mm in diameter, and the holes vary from 3-5mm. The strand is approximately 35cm/14"