Glass Beads at San Luis de Talimali: The Social Context and Spatial Distribution of Color

Author(s): Laylah A Roberts

Year: 2020


This is an abstract from the session entitled "Plus Ultra: An examination of current research in Spanish Colonial/Iberian Underwater and Terrestrial Archaeology in the Western Hemisphere." , at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Glass beads recovered from archaeological sites that date to the Spanish Colonial period of Florida’s history offer archaeologists an opportunity to refine site chronology, determine the origin of manufacture of the beads, and explore cultural meanings and identities. The glass beads recovered from the site San Luis de Talimali (8Le4), the paramount Spanish Mission site/ western capital of La Florida from 1656-1704 are the basis of the current study. To date, beads at the site have been recovered from a variety of contexts. This study will identify, type, and analyze the glass beads recovered during the 2018 Florida State University archaeological field school, specifically those recovered from a structure in the Spanish Village and a large trash/clay quarry pit northeast of the Spanish Village, while focusing on the spatial distribution of color throughout the site and what results may mean for the cultural implications for the site and similar sites.

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Glass Beads at San Luis de Talimali: The Social Context and Spatial Distribution of Color. Laylah A Roberts. 2020 ( tDAR id: 457332)


Beads Glass Spanish Missions

Geographic Keywords
United States of America

Temporal Keywords
Spanish colonial

Spatial Coverage

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

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 973