Marginella Shell Beads

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Title

Marginella Shell Beads

Subject

Artifacts

Description

These shell beads were found at an Early Historic period site in Montgomery County in Southwestern Virginia. They are made from the Marginella genus of marine molluscs. Shell beads were valuable in Virginia Indian exchange systems long before the colonists arrived, and they continued to function as important trade goods for navigating relationships with Europeans. Archaeologists suspect that shell beads functioned as symbols of status and authority within and between communities.

Source

Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, VA

Date

1600 - 1700 C.E.

Format

.JPG, 682 × 503

Type

Image

Coverage

Montgomery County

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Photograph

Physical Dimensions

682 × 503

Files

44MY0003_F576A_marginella.jpg

Citation

“Marginella Shell Beads,” Virginia Indian Archive, accessed September 24, 2021, https://virginiaindianarchive.org/items/show/509.

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