Posted by: frank Post Reply
I am fascinated by the attempts of bead researchers to use chemical analysis of glass beads to determine the type of constituents the bead was created from to try to pinpoint where the glass and bead may have been manufactured. Trade routes as described by anthropologists are to me analogous to geologists descriptions of the long slow journey this rock made from the area off the southern coast of Mexico to the mountains of western Washington. Both of these efforts require us to have a belief in a process of inquiry that is not exact yet compelling.
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