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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Beads

April 12, 2018

BeadsA total of 230 beads were recovered during the 1999 excavations at Second Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  Pictured are some examples:

Left column (top to bottom)
-clear, dark blue, drawn tube bead with six red stripes on six alternating white stripes
-opaque, dull black, drawn tube bead
-seven-sided monochrome, amber-color multifaceted bead
-six-sided monochrome, amethyst-color multifaceted bead
-deep brown, hexagonal multifaceted bead

Center column (top to bottom)
-green seed bead
-iridescent dark green/black seed bead
-two white seed beads recovered on a straight pin with a wound head
-black seed bead

Right column (top to bottom)
-large, translucent, turquoise blue, elongated wire-wound bead with an “alafaja” pattern of inlaid white glass
-roughly spherical, wound white bead with numerous small chips of dark blue glass pressed into the surface
-dark amber-color wound bead with white patina over the glass
-possible stone bead