Category Archives: Lab Notes

Update: 10 June 2017

I realised today that I haven’t posted anything to this blog in over a year. OVER A YEAR. I look at beads and 3D modelling and glass all day, nearly every day, and I somehow haven’t posted here in over … Continue reading

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Excavating My Own Research

This morning I was writing an idea I’d had down in my notebook. It’s a bead research notebook that I’ve had for about six years, but I’ve had phases of being really bad about writing stuff in it. As a … Continue reading

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What is the Purpose of Heritage Visualisation?

Generally speaking, when you hear of heritage visualisation, you’re first reaction may be something along the lines of, ‘What’s that?’ A perfectly valid reaction, since we tend to talk about visualisation in terms of specific techniques (e.g. photography, 3D modelling, … Continue reading

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Photography and Its Effects on Museums

I was doing a fair amount of reading this week and came across a chapter that discussed the overwhelming influence photography has had on art, history, and museums. You can see how it would have a large influence pretty easily, … Continue reading

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Stereoscopes and Archaeology

I’ve just started my PhD, which means this blog is about to get a LOT more active! If you’re curious about what my PhD is in, you can check out the longer description here. For now, I’m looking at finding … Continue reading

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Stripes, Swirls, and Squiggles: Line Styles

Line style is a fairly straightforward category. This basically describes the pattern of any lines that decorate the bead – not the pattern those lines make, but the pattern they have. There are only a few options for this. First … Continue reading

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Alert: Beads Can Change Color

Yes, you read that correctly: beads can change color. I’ve touched on this a little in previous posts, but let’s really look at the issue here. I don’t mean that the color changes depending on the light, like I talked … Continue reading

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Yellow Glass and Lead

As a recent post of mine said, yellow glass was often made with lead and antimony. I had also heard of tin making yellow, but I’m not too sure. And I was just wondering to what extent the prevalence of … Continue reading

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Beads in Space?

The currently unmanned Orion spacecraft, which will be used to take manned missions to Mars after 2020, was set to launch this morning. It had to cancel for today and will try again tomorrow morning due to issues with certain … Continue reading

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Recycled Glass Beads

There’s a lot of evidence in the archaeological record for using recycled glass to make new beads. You can largely tell based on any sort of streaking or marbling in the color of the glass that doesn’t look intentional. So … Continue reading

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