Beads

Various types of shell deposits were recorded in the form of middens, burial fills, tool making debris, and artefacts.

The assemblages of beads from the site were mostly collected through dry sieving of the fills from burials. A few were recovered in the process of trowelling. Recovered beads were made from shells and various coloured glass beads. The shell beads were most likely locally made as evident in the presence of various by products of shell utilization at Ille. Recovered glass beads were mostly Indo-Pacific types, predominantly of the colour green. These beads are well known in the literature as beads traded across Southeast Asia. Aside from the Indo-Pacific beads, an amethysts cylindrical glass bead was also recovered from the sieving, a bead most likely produced in China.

 

 
 

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