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  1. #1
    us
    Sep 2008
    NW Louisiana
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    Large Bead

    Afternoon,

    This large bead was recovered about 100 miles south of my city in the central portion of Louisiana. I believe it to be Tchefuncte Culture in origin or associated with the Marksville culture. The Tchefuncte predated the Marksville people; the Marksville people experienced a great deal of Hopewellian influence and this object could reflect that inflence in ground and polished stone items. I believe the material is varigated Red River Jasper (my name for it). It is heavily patinated and there are swirls of color as you can see in the photographs but none of the characteristic reds or tans/browns are showing; they're covered by the patina in my humble opinion. Other jasper beads originate from the area of the recovery. However trade was utilized during these time periods and this could be some other type of stone. Being covered with patina, it is difficult at best to identify so the author depends on experience with other known bead material in his assertations.

    I have several beads in my collection but this is by far the largest. It is drilled all the way through and I wish I had taken a picture of that too so everyone could see but; it's just a hole anyway.The hole is quite straight considering the length of the bead is in excess of 4 1/2 inches. It is completely intact with no damage. Also, it is very smooth with no visable tool marks remaining.

    I offer two different photographs for viewing with different backgrounds and lighting conditions. Natural daylight was used and the color rendition is mostly accurate.

    Thanks for looking,

    spot
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    "As for mortals, their days are like grass;
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
    for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more." 

    New Revised Standard Version Holy Bible, Psalms 103:15-16

  2. #2
    gb
    Feb 2008
    England.
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    Re: Large Bead

    Excellent find, Congrats Spot.

    Molly.

  3. #3
    us
    Apr 2008
    Southern Ohio
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    Re: Large Bead

    Very nice Bead spot. I have some Bone Beads that are that long, but no stone ones. Very impressive find.

    Thanks for sharing those pics with us.
    "Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends."

  4. #4
    us
    Sep 2008
    Missouri
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    Re: Large Bead

    WOW ! that's the longest bead of this type that I've seen ! thanks for posting

  5. #5
    us
    Sep 2008
    NW Louisiana
    84

    Re: Large Bead

    Hey Atlantis,

    Great bead! Odd to see it solid red with out a tan swirl although I've seen a few "solids" like this. Diameter is about like mine. Nice find. I have a skinny one a little longer than this...I'm not sure if I have a photograph of it or not. If so, I'll post it.

    Thanks for sharing the pics,

    spot
    "As for mortals, their days are like grass;
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
    for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more." 

    New Revised Standard Version Holy Bible, Psalms 103:15-16

  6. #6

    Feb 2007
    34

    Re: Large Bead

    Spot,

    Here is a red jasper bead my wife found in Alabama from the poverty point culture. Poverty Point artifacts are rare in this area. Are Poverty Point artifacts common in your area?

    Awesome bead, but I believe that your bead is made from something other than red jasper though. The only beads that I have found are slate and are split in half.

    Later,
    Rob
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  7. #7
    us
    Sep 2008
    NW Louisiana
    84

    Re: Large Bead

    Poverty Point Culture items are not common in my area although some are found here. I've seen a few owls and a bird from around here. The owls I saw were all alike and a little different from yours; particularly, the eyes.

    The bead I pictured in not what I would call "soft" material. It is a pretty dense stone and hard.

    Thanks for sharing,

    spot
    "As for mortals, their days are like grass;
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
    for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more." 

    New Revised Standard Version Holy Bible, Psalms 103:15-16

 

 

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