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The Journal of African Archaeology is an international peer-reviewed periodical appearing half-yearly since 2003. It publishes original papers addressing recent research and developments in African archaeology and related disciplines. The journal's main purpose is to provide scholars and students with a new pan-African forum for discussing relevant topics on the cultural dynamics of past African societies.

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Vol. 4 (1) 2006

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P. Robertshaw, B. Rasoarifetra, M. Wood, E. Melchiorre, R.S. Popelka-Filcoff & M.D. Glascock

Chemical Analysis of glass Beads from Madagascar

Journal of African Archaeology, Vol. 4 (1), 2006, pages 91-109, DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10064


Abstract
Chemical analysis of 31 glass beads from the sites of Mahilaka and Sandrakatsy in Madagascar, which date to approximately the 9th to 15th centuries CE, reveals the presence of two main types of glass: mineral-soda glasses and plant-ash glasses. Most of these glasses were probably made in South Asia.

Résumé
Les analyses chimiques de 31 perles de verre découvertes pendant les fouilles des sites archéologiques de Mahilaka et Sandrakatsy à Madagascar et qui datent environ du IXe au XVe siècles, indiquent la présence de deux types principaux de verre: des verres à la soude minérale et des verres à la soude d'origine végétale. La plupart de ces verres était fabriquée probablement en Asie du Sud.




Keywords: chemical analysis, glass beads, Madagascar, trade


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