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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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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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Faceted Beads

Another way a manufacturer can change the general shape of the bead is through faceting. Faceted beads are beads with many flattened edges done in such a way to make it look like a cut gemstone. Faceted beads can be … Continue reading

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Collared Beads

Collared beads are any bead that has a line or indent on each end of the bead going all the way around to make little collars. This can just be a small line in the bead or it can be a bit of a bulge. So long as there is one on each end, it’s a collar. Continue reading

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Melon (Gadrooned) Beads

Gadrooned beads (most commonly known as melon beads) are another style that has been around for millennia. Melon beads are beads that have convex decorations around the edge that make it look a bit like a melon. Archaeologists tend to … Continue reading

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Roman Influence

If we look at beads found at sites in Britain from the pre-Roman Iron Age through the Anglo-Saxon period (roughly 1000 years), we can easily see Roman influence. You might be surprised to think we can see such a thing in such small objects (generally less than 1cm in diameter), but we can. Continue reading

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Middle Eastern Glass

The Middle East, namely the area of ancient Mesopotamia, is seen as one of the populations to first invent glass. The extent of glass in the Middle East (both geographically and chronologically) provides a vast amount of data, and I cannot begin to summarise all of it here. Instead, I’m going to look at studies of 1st-13th century glass, since that is the time period I generally frequent in my own research.

The main focus of a lot of work on Middle Eastern glass, like that of Roman and Egyptian glass, is on manufacture and the recipes used to create it. This isn’t terribly surprising, given the similar shift in chemical type to Egyptian and Roman glasses. Continue reading

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Egyptian Glass

The Egyptians are often understood to be one of the populations that first invented glass, and the history of glass manufacture in Egypt is extensive. The focus in Egyptian glass studies, like with studies of Roman glass, tend to be on manufacture – how and where glass was made. There is discussion of trade, but the majority of studies focus on the recipes used or the extent of manufacture at a particular site. Continue reading

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On Craft and Chemistry

There is quite the divide in India, Egypt, Rome, and other regions between sites that make glass and sites that then turn that glass into beads. If this is the case, then any analysis of glass beads needs to take … Continue reading

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Roman Glass

Large amounts of work have been done on Roman glass, largely in relation to Roman glass vessels.  The main focus of research I have seen lies in identifying the source material of the glass through chemical composition and to determine … Continue reading

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