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Coloured glass beads found in West Africa

A trove of more than 10,000 coloured glass beads dating back more than a thousand years has been found in southwestern Nigeria. A newly discovered treasure trove of more than 10,000 colorful glass beads, as well as evidence of glassmaking tools, suggests that an ancient city in southwestern Nigeria was one

Ostrich eggshell beads discovered in Denisova Cave

Beads made from Ostrich eggshells, believed to date back between 45,000-50,000 years have been found in Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains. 'This is an amazing piece of work. The ostrich egg shell is quite robust material, but the holes in the beads must have been made with a fine stone

6,500-year-old gold bead uncovered in Bulgaria

A tiny gold bead which dates back 6,500 years, possibly making it the world's oldest gold artifact, has been found in Bulgaria. The bead, found at a pre-historic settlement in southern Bulgaria, dates back to 4,500-4,600 B.C., the archaeologists say, making it some 200 years older than jewellery from a Copper

Egyptian bead found in Denmark Bronze Age grave

Analysis of glass beads found in a Bronze Age grave in Denmark have revealed that one of them was made in Egypt. Twenty-three glass beads from Denmark were analysed using plasma-spectrometry. Without destroying the fragile beads, this technique makes it possible to compare the chemical composition of trace elements in the

Shell beads reveal fashion-conscious human ancestors

A team of researchers have been experimenting with shell beads in an attempt to replicate the wear patterns found on the shells, and as a result found that the way shells were strung changed as the styles became outdated. In a new study in press at the Journal of Human Evolution,

1,000-year-old funerary chamber found in Mexico

A worker cutting grass in the Archaeological Zone of Tingambato Michoacan discovered a 1,000-year-old funerary chamber. Melchor Cruz said that the quantity of shell beads that were found in the chamber convey possible relation to the ancient settlers of Tingambato with other towns in the coast. Also, it shows that this

Jade necklace found at Tak’alik Ab’aj

A jade-bead necklace has been found at Tak’alik Ab’aj in Guatemala. Deep inside Structure 6, one of the most important ceremonial buildings of the Central Group at Tak’alik Ab’aj, in 2011 the team of the National Archaeological Park Tak’alik Ab’aj, lead by archaeologists Christa Schieber de Lavarreda and Miguel Orrego Corzo

16th century Spanish artifacts unearthed in Georgia, USA

16th-century glass beads and tools have been found under a former Native American village in Georgia. A continent and five centuries away, an excavation organized by Atlanta's Fernbank Museum of Natural History found buried glass beads, iron tools, and brass and silver ornaments dating to the mid-1500s. The southern-Georgia location—where they'd

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