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Trade Beads
These beads were found at the base of a large pit feature, along with a large religious medal depicting St. John of Matha, chicken egg shell fragments, and a wick trimmer. It is possible that the beads were strung in a necklace, with the religious medal at the end. The intentional placement of all these artifacts at the bottom of the pit may be related to curanderĂ­a, or folk healing. A typical bead has a length of 1.3 cm and a diameter of 0.47 cm.
Photo credit: George Avery
Source: Williamson Museum, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana