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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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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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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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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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Segmented Beads

Segmented beads usually refers to a technique of manufacture for glass beads, not to the specific shape of the bead. Segmented beads are generally made rolling a tube of glass along a mold to form bulges, though this can be done by hand as well. These tubes are then cut in lengths of one, two, three, four, or five bulges to create a single bead. Continue reading

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False Gold-Foil Beads

False gold-foil beads are made with a semi-opaque white glass tube layered with a translucent amber tube. There is no gold anywhere in the bead, but the finished product looks incredibly similar to actual gold-foil beads. Continue reading

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South African Glass

More recent research has been done on African glass, and my list is certainly not exhaustive, but I know of three main published sources for South African glass studies. One looks at beads form Mapungubwe and Bambandyanolo in the Limpopo Valley of South Africa and Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe. The second looks at beads specifically from Mapungubwe, and the third looks at sites from Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. 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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