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The Journal of African Archaeology is an international peer-reviewed periodical appearing half-yearly since 2003. It publishes original papers addressing recent research and developments in African archaeology and related disciplines. The journal's main purpose is to provide scholars and students with a new pan-African forum for discussing relevant topics on the cultural dynamics of past African societies.

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Vol. 7 (2) 2009

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M. Wood

The glass beads from Hlamba Mlonga, Zimbabwe: classification, context and interpretation

Journal of African Archaeology, Volume 7 (2), 2009, pages 219-238, DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10140

Abstract
The glass beads excavated at Hlamba Mlonga, a 10th to 15th century AD site in eastern Zimbabwe, are cata­logued and separated into bead series based on morphol­ogy. They are compared to closely related beads that oc­cur in archaeological contexts of the same period in the Shashe-Limpopo basin and the Zimbabwe culture area. Trade links and political consequences of trade shifts are explored. The chemical composition of selected beads, which arrived at a port (or ports) in southern Mozam­bique and from there were traded to Hlamba Mlonga and other sites in the interior, suggests they were manufac­tured in the Indian subcontinent and/or Southeast Asia.

Résumé
Les perles de verre découvertes à Hlamba Mlonga, un site occupé du 10ème siècle au 15ème siècle après JC au Zimbabwe oriental, ont été cataloguées et sériées selon leur morphologie. Elles sont comparées à des perles très semblables qui ont été trouvées dans des contextes archéologiques de la même période dans le bassin de Shashe-Limpopo et dans le secteur de culture du Zimbabwe. Les liens commer­ciaux et les conséquences politiques des changements com­merciaux sont explorés. La composition chimique des perles sélectionnées, qui sont arrivées dans un port (ou des ports) du Mozambique méridional et de là ont été exportées à Hlamba Mlonga et d'autres sites à l'inté­rieur des terres, suggère qu'elles ont été fabriquées dans le sous-con­tinent Indien et/ou en Asie du Sud-est.




Keywords: glass beads, Hlamba Mlonga, Indian Ocean trade, Zimbabwe


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