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Got Swag? Investigating 1st Millennium Scottish Beads at SAA2015

Got Swag? Investigating 1st Millennium Scottish Beads at SAA2015

I gave a talk about Scottish beads at the Annual Meeting for the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) in San Francisco roughly a week ago. In the spirit of open access, I’m going to reproduce that talk here for you…

The Norse and the Islamic World: How Unique is this Ring?

The Norse and the Islamic World: How Unique is this Ring?

There’s been a lot of hype in the last week about a ring worn by a 9th century Viking woman that says, “for Allah” on the glass inlay. Nearly every article discussing the ring says that it confirms contact between…

Questioning Theories of Violent Invasion

Last week, Past Horizons posted about a recent study that questioned the notion that Anglo-Saxons invaded Britain and violently displaced any contemporary local population. The study looked at burials from an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Oxfordshire. The cemetery was in use over roughly 150 years, from the mid-5th through early 7th centuries, making it ideal for a study on population origins.

27 October 2009

One question about Asian trade in the first millennium that keeps bugging me is this: What is going on with China? Why are we concentrating so much on Indian influence in Southeast Asia and not really looking at China?

24 September 2009

I’m reading an article talking about seals (the pressing kind, not the animal) and I was wondering where seals fall in the category of beads. Actually, I guess the main question is what, precisely, is a bead, as these seals are made from semi-precious stones and were perforated all the way through, as if they had been strung onto something.

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