Hexagonal faceted blue glass bead, transparent medium cobalt blue with an opaque light blue or whitish tube at the center. Appears to match Kidd & Kidd type IIIf2. Ascher and Fairbanks (1971:8) suggest it is most likely this was carried from Africa by a slave, noting that it also could have come to the site through a more complex network of exchanges involving Native and Euro-American people. This type is well known from Native and slave contexts in the Southeast, although this bead is a relatively small example.
Robert Ascher and Charles H. Fairbanks, "Excavation of a Slave Cabin: Georgia, U.S.A." Historical Archaeology 5 (1971), pp.3-17. Kidd, Kenneth E. and Martha Ann Kidd, "A Classification System for Glass Beads for the Use of Field Archaeologists". Originally published in Canadian Historical Sites: Occasional Papers in Archaeology andHistory No. 1, pp. 45-89. National Historic Sites Service, National and Historic Parks Branch, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa.
Prof. Emeritus Robert Ascher, one of the principal excavators
Slave cabin on the Rayfield Plantation, excavated in 1969 in one of the first archaeological studies of slavery in the US.
Georgia Slave Cabin archaeological collection
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