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CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF ANCIENT AFRICAN GLASS BEADS: A VERY PRELIMINARY REPORT

CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF ANCIENT AFRICAN GLASS BEADS: A VERY PRELIMINARY REPORT We report the preliminary results of chemical analysis by laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry of 156 glass beads from sites in southern Africa. Almost all of these beads can be grouped in two chemical types based on oxide compositions and glass recipes. Glasses of these types were manufactured in south and/or southeast Asia. These are the first results of a project that will analyse about 1000 beads from African archaeological sites. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF ANCIENT AFRICAN GLASS BEADS: A VERY PRELIMINARY REPORT

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© Copyright 2003 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1612-1651
eISSN
2191-5784
DOI
10.3213/1612-1651-10006
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Abstract

We report the preliminary results of chemical analysis by laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry of 156 glass beads from sites in southern Africa. Almost all of these beads can be grouped in two chemical types based on oxide compositions and glass recipes. Glasses of these types were manufactured in south and/or southeast Asia. These are the first results of a project that will analyse about 1000 beads from African archaeological sites.

Journal

Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Oct 25, 2003

Keywords: glass beads; chemical analysis; Southern Africa; trade

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