Blue beads as African-American cultural symbols

  title={Blue beads as African-American cultural symbols},
  author={Linda France Stine and Melanie A. Cabak and Mark D. Groover},
  journal={Historical Archaeology},
Blue beads are consistent finds at African-American sites. Archaeologists acknowledge these artifacts were used for adornment, yet some researchers also propose beads possessed additional cultural meaning among African Americans. For this study bead data from African-American sites in the South are analyzed. The results indicate blue is the predominant bead color. The prevalence of these items suggests they may indeed have been an important yet unrecognized aspect of African-American culture… 
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