Category Archives: Archaeological Beads

What is a Bead?

It’s occurred to me with all these posts about beads, I have yet to write a post that actually defines what a bead is. That’s a bit surprising, given how often people ask me this question, so here’s a post on … Continue reading

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Museum Highlights: National Museum of Scotland, Part 1

The National Museum of Scotland holds a very dear place in my heart, since I spent the majority of my MLitt dissertation working feverishly on the bead collections here. My first visit to the museum was actually for a class. … Continue reading

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Museum Highlights: Upcountry History Museum

Last Friday, I was down in Greenville, South Carolina for my twin brother’s wedding. My family and I flew into Charlotte, getting into Greenville around 11:30 in the morning. We had a good 4 hours before we could check into … Continue reading

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Museum Highlights: Historic Jamestowne

After looking at all these beads, a lot of you are probably wondering where you might be able to see all these beads, or at least examples of them. Archaeological beads are never terribly far away – nearly every museum … Continue reading

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Recycled Blue-Green Bead from Thailand

So, I was going through my older bead photos for some newer posts and came across this one. Somehow I had forgotten about this bead, even though I focused on it quite heavily when I first documented it. It’s a … Continue reading

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Chinese Glass

In the past ten years or so, there has been an explosion of glass research in China, particularly concerning the origins of glass wares and glass technology. For much of the twentieth century, most Western sources agreed that glass and … Continue reading

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Faience Bead from Roxburghshire, Scotland

This faience bead (currently housed in the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow) is the typical blue-green color of most faience beads (though I’ve seen some that are a darker green and others that are almost yellow or brown). The faience has … Continue reading

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Southeast Asian Glass

Southeast Asia is one of the primary centers of archaeological study of glass in the world. The main reason for this is that not much else survives in the humid, wet, tropical conditions of Southeast Asia. Another large reason is … Continue reading

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Orange Coil Beads from Wonosari

Orange coil beads are something I’ve only really seen in Southeast Asia. That doesn’t mean they aren’t found in other places, but I don’t think they’re as common as they are in Southeast Asia. Orange coil beads are made of … Continue reading

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Korean Glass

I am by no means an expert on Korean glass, and I won’t claim to be one here. I also haven’t looked at Korean glass as much as other regions, so please take this as a general summary rather than … Continue reading

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