Carnelian Bead, Newton Plantation Slave Cemetery, Barbados

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This record was last updated on 12 Apr 2017

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Jerome Handler, personal slide collection (copyright)

An unusual archaeological find from a New World site, this bead was associated with other artifacts that at one time had formed a necklace (see image B72_necklace ). It was probably manufactured in Cambay, India, and came to Barbados through the Atlantic slave trade via Africa. For details on this artifact and its associated burial, see Handler, From Cambay in India to Barbados in the Caribbean: Two Unique Beads from a Plantation Slave Cemetery, The African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter (March 2007) and Handler, An African-Type Healer/Diviner and his Grave Goods, International Journal of Historical Archaeology (1997), Vol. 1, pp. 91-130.