Celebrate Florida Archaeology Thoughout Our State!

Two images, Left: Quartz crystal beads and pendants from Mission San Luis, Tallahassee; Right: Assorted 17th century glass beads.

The Beauty of Glass

Glass has an intrinsic beauty that has appealed to people past and present. Since most glass beads were inexpensive and light weight, it was not uncommon for Europeans to carry or import thousands of them to trade with Native Americans. As a result, glass beads are among the most common artifacts found on historic sites throughout Florida.

Quartz crystal beads and pendants were also prized by Native Americans. Clear quartz crystals were coveted by Indians in prehistoric times and were believed to have special powers.

Glass beads are found on historicc sites throughout the state.

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