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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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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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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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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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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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Social Network Analysis

Briefly, social network analysis maps the relations of different groups or people or objects to each other through specific attributes. Social networks as visualized in archaeology consist of nodes (or dots) and edges (or lines), in which the nodes represent a person, group, or other entity and the edges represent a relationship between two nodes. Continue reading

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East African Glass

There are two main areas in sub-Saharan Africa that feature prominently in glass studies: East Africa and South Africa. Unfortunately, there are not very many people looking at glass in sub-Saharan Africa and I haven’t actively searched for material related to sub-Saharan glass in several years, making these entries far less informative than some of my other regional summaries. 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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