Black glass on the Georgia Coast: the utility of black glass trade beads in refining site chronology and detecting color preference at seventeenth century Mission Santa Catalina de Guale

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dc.contributor Jacobi, Keith P.
dc.contributor Oths, Kathryn S.
dc.contributor Odle, Mairin
dc.contributor.advisor Blair, Elliot H.
dc.contributor.author Templin, Robert Burns
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-04T14:58:10Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-04T14:58:10Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002896
dc.identifier.other Templin_alatus_0004M_13294
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/3572
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Historical and archaeological research has established that European glass beads are high-resolution temporal markers for colonial sites in North America. Additionally, recent studies have demonstrated that compositional analyses of certain bead types can refine the chronological resolution of these artifacts. This study contributes to this growing body of knowledge by extending these methods to drawn beads manufactured from black glass. Using X- ray fluorescence spectrometry and a sample of simple black glass trade beads (n=940) recovered from the cemetery of Mission Santa Catalina de Guale (St. Catherines Island, Georgia), I identify diachronic patterns in the recipes that guided their manufacture during the seventeenth century. The concentrations of temporally diagnostic opacifiers (i.e., tin [Sn] and antimony [Sb]) found within beads assemblages from individual contexts are then used to refine the existing site chronology and contribute to ongoing studies of the occupation and use of the mission. I argue that the seventeenth century mission complex was built during multiple stages of construction separated by decades. Furthermore, relative dates for a number of burial contexts have been proposed, which provide insight into diachronic variation in indigenous Guale burial practices. In this study, I specifically address differences in color patterning between the newly dated burial contexts as a means of identifying and comparing the preferential consumption of five culturally salient bead colors and their relationship to indigenous identities.
dc.format.extent 125 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Archaeology
dc.title Black glass on the Georgia Coast: the utility of black glass trade beads in refining site chronology and detecting color preference at seventeenth century Mission Santa Catalina de Guale
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Anthropology
etdms.degree.discipline Anthropology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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