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37 Pounds of Beads!: Reconstructing Provenience and Looking for Change and Continuity in an Orphaned Collection

Author(s): Melanie S Lerman

Year: 2017

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This paper aims to understand processes of change and continuity by examining how the introduction of European manufactured glass beads in the 16th-19th centuries affected preexisting native shell bead consumption strategies in Southern California. Data from two different coastal burial sites that were occupied by the Tongva/Gabrieliño people will be analyzed; one from an 1877 excavation on Santa Catalina Island that has virtually no provenience information, and another from more recent 1991-2015 excavations on the adjacent mainland in Los Angeles. This study will contribute to a greater understanding of the role that glass beads played within existing shell bead cultural structures and demonstrate the value and potential of research conducted on orphaned collections that lack important provenience information.


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37 Pounds of Beads!: Reconstructing Provenience and Looking for Change and Continuity in an Orphaned Collection. Melanie S Lerman. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435468)


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Temporal Keywords
Spanish colonial


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 493

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America