Glass Seed Beads

Title

Glass Seed Beads

Description

These traded beads come from an Early Historic period site in Roanoke County in the Blue Ridge region of west-central Virginia. They include shell, bone, and glass “seed” beads and a larger bone disk bead. Glass beads were introduced by Europeans into Native American exchange systems, which have placed value on copper and shell beads since the Middle Woodland period and possibly earlier. Virginia Indians used trade goods to navigate relationships with colonists during the early seventeenth century.

Date Created

1600 - 1700 C.E.

Source

Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, VA

Format

Photograph

Physical Dimension

572 × 448

Coverage

Montgomery County