Tag Archives: scotland

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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The Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium 2016

This past week, I found myself in Bristol, attending and presenting at the 10th Annual Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium. It was held in the chapter house of Bristol Cathedral, which I believe was the first time an academic conference … Continue reading

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Spiral Beads

One of my favourite bead designs is the spiral bead. These beads are always wound and tend to be either normal, circular beads, triangular beads or (technically) hexagonal. They have anywhere between two and four spirals that radiate out until … 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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Swag Beads

Swag beads are probably my favourite type of design, largely because of the name. It really is a technical term, and I am all for bringing it back into popular usage in bead studies. Swag on a bead simply refers … Continue reading

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Documenting Polychrome Beads

So far, we’ve been talking about monochrome beads and how to document their color. But that’s not the only type of bead we find – roughly 10-15% of the beads I come across are polychrome, or have multiple colors. If … 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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Eye Bead from Craigsfordmains

This is part of a new series (another one, I know!) looking at beads that are currently housed in museums. Essentially, I’m going to pick one at random each week and tell you as much as I can about it. … 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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Scottish Marbled Beads

Scottish marbled beads (which is the best way I can describe them) are one of my favorite types that I’ve somehow come across. These beads consist of a translucent dark blue base with a secondary color marbled in. Since the dark blue base is translucent, it combines with the secondary color (yellow or red) to create a third color (green or purple, respectively) without adding a third color of glass. Continue reading

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