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Ancient glass beads as a window to the ancient world

Glass beads, both beautiful and portable, have been produced and traded globally for thousands of years. Modern archaeologists study these artifacts through sophisticated methods that analyze the glass composition, a process which can be utilized to trace bead usage through time and across regions. This book publishes open-access compositional data obtained from laser ablation – inductively coupled plasma – mass spectrometry, from a single analytical laboratory, providing a uniquely comparative data set. The geographic range includes studies of beads produced in Europe and traded widely across North America and beads from South and Southeast Asia traded around the Indian Ocean and beyond. The contributors provide new insight on the timing of interregional interactions, technologies of bead production and patterns of trade and exchange, using glass beads as a window to the past.

This volume will be a key reference for glass researchers, archaeologists, and any scholars interested in material culture and exchange; it provides a wide range of case studies in the investigation and interpretation of glass bead composition, production and exchange since ancient times.

Contributors: Bernard Gratuze (Institut de Recherche sur les ArchéoMATériaux, Centre Ernest-Babelon, UMR 5060 CNRS/Université d'Orléans), Alicia L. Hawkins (University of Toronto Mississauga), Elliot H. Blair (University of Alabama), Jessica Dalton-Carriger (Roane State Community College), Lee M. Panich (Santa Clara University), Thomas R. Fenn (The University of Oklahoma), Alison K. Carter (University of Oregon), Jennifer Craig (McGill University), Mark Aldenderfer (University of California, Merced), Mudit Trivedi (Stanford University), Lindsey Trombetta (The University of Texas at Austin), Jonathan R. Walz (The Field Museum / SIT-Graduate Institute), Akshay Sarathi (Florida Atlantic University), Carla Klehm (University of Arkansas), Marilee Wood (University of the Witwatersrand), Katherine A. Larson (Corning Museum of Glass), Heather Walder (The Field Museum / University of Wisconsin – La Crosse), Laure Dussubieux (The Field Museum)

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  1. Cover
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  1. Series Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Contents, Illustrations, Foreword,
  2. pp. 5-21
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  1. 1 Contextualizing this volume in the field of glass bead studies
  2. Laure Dussubieux, Heather Walder
  3. pp. 23-35
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  1. 2 Glass beads and human pasts
  2. Alison Carter, Elliot H. Blair, Carla Klehm3 and Lee M. Panich
  3. pp. 37-53
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  1. 3 Characterizing glass recipes for distinctive polychrome glass bead types in Ontario, Canada
  2. Alicia Hawkins1, Heather Walder
  3. pp. 57-79
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  1. 4 Simple blue (IIa40) beads from 17th century Mission Santa Catalina de Guale: Dating, origins, and elemental composition
  2. Elliot H. Blair1, Laure Dussubieux
  3. pp. 81-99
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  1. 5 Glass trade bead analysis at Upper Hampton Farm (40RH41): A case study for 17th and 18th century Non-Cherokee habitation in East Tennessee Valley
  2. Jessica Dalton-Carriger1, Elliot H. Blair
  3. pp. 101-118
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  1. 6 Compositional analysis of compound drawn white glass beads from colonial California: Implications for chronology and dispersal
  2. Lee M. Panich, Laure Dussubieux, Tsim D. Schneider, Christopher Canzonieri, Irenne Zwierlein, Christopher Zimmer, Michelle Zimmer
  3. pp. 119-136
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  1. 7 Glass beads and evidence for early “pre-contact” trade in Northwestern Alaska
  2. Thomas R. Fenn, Laure Dussubieux, Heather Walder, Douglas D. Anderson
  3. pp. 137-158
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  1. 8 The exchange of beads in Central Thailand in the protohistoric period: Glass objects from Phromthin Tai
  2. Alison Carter, Laure Dussubieux, Thomas R. Fenn, Thanik Lertcharnrit, T.O. Pryce
  3. pp. 161-176
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  1. 9 Shifting patterns of glass bead cargo of 15th – 17th century Philippines shipwrecks
  2. Jennifer Craig1, Laure Dussubieux
  3. pp. 177-195
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  1. 10 Sources of glass beads from the High Himalayas: 1200 BCE-CE 650
  2. Mark Aldenderfer, Laure Dussubieux
  3. pp. 197-219
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  1. 11 Inland from the sea: Rethinking the value of mineral soda alumina drawn glass beads from medieval North India
  2. Mudit Trivedi, Laure Dussubieux
  3. pp. 221-243
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  1. 12 Beads from the lowlands of Northwestern Ethiopia
  2. Lindsey Trombetta, Laure Dussubieux, Agazi Negash, Daniel Dalmas, Metasebia Endalamaw, Mulugeta Feseha, Lawrence Todd, John Kappelman1
  3. pp. 247-263
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  1. 13 Inland glass beads in Northeast Tanzania, 8th-17th centuries CE
  2. Jonathan R. Walz1, Laure Dussubieux
  3. pp. 265-285
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  1. 14 Glass beads at Unguja Ukuu in the late 1st millennium CE: Results of the 2018 excavation in Zanzibar
  2. Akshay Sarathi, Jonathan Walz, Laure Dussubieux
  3. pp. 287-303
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  1. 15 Chemical analysis of precolonial Indian Ocean glass beads found in the southern African interior: linking global objects to local and regional change
  2. Carla Klehm, Laure Dussubieux
  3. pp. 305-322
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  1. 16 Morphology and elemental composition: provenancing glass beads from 12th – 13th century Mayotte
  2. Marilee Wood, Laure Dussubieux, Mudit Trivedi, and Martial Pauly
  3. pp. 323-343
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  1. 17 Elemental composition of glass beads from the eastern Mediterranean region: Chronology and provenance of material from Tel Anafa, Israel
  2. Katherine A. Larson, Laure Dussubieux
  3. pp. 347-364
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  1. 18 South Asian beads at the site of Kish, Iraq

  2. Laure Dussubieux
  3. pp. 365-382
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  1. 19 Technology, chronology, and exchange examined through glass beads, Appendix Supplementary Materials
  2. Heather Walder, Laure Dussubieux
  3. pp. 383-389
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