BEADS articles on Academia.edu and SURFACE

To all those interested in beads and/or beadwork, a batch of articles from BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers has been uploaded to Academia.edu. All articles in Volumes 1-17 have been uploaded to the site.

Visit: https://independent.academia.edu/KarlisKarklins

As well, volumes 1-6 have been uploaded to the Syracuse University SURFACE site.

The Society of Bead Researchers is a non-profit scientific-educational corporation founded in 1981 to foster historical, archaeological, and material cultural research on beads and beadwork of all materials and periods, and to expedite the dissemination of the resultant knowledge.

Online resources available

For those interested in the cultural and historical aspects of beads around the world and do not have access to BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers, the articles in Volumes 1-5 have been uploaded to the academia.edu website. More will follow in the coming year. Just go to https://independent.academia.edu/KKarklins and you will see the list of all the uploaded journal articles as well as a few other bead (and other) studies by Karlis Karklins and others.

If you are interested in embossed and stamped glass bottles, check out Chapter 1 of BOTTLED IN ILLINOIS 1840-1880: Embossed Bottled and Bottled Products of Early Illinois Merchants from Chicago to Cairo.  Go to: https://www.academia.edu/18162915/BOTTLED_IN_ILLINOIS_1840-1880._Illinois_State_Archaeological_Survey._2011_792_pp_CHAPTER_1

Another resource on glass is the web reference library compiled and created by Ian Macky.  Included are glass artefact catalogs, brochures, etc. as pdfs.  The earliest document is from 1615, with others extending to 1951.

Proceedings, Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage

If you have an interest in underwater archaeology, its management, conservation and preservation of archaeological materials, you’ll find this resource of interest.


The 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage (www.apconf.org) was held from 12-16 May 2014 in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. The conference was hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and the University of Hawai‘i Marine Option Program. More than 139 participants from 27 countries around the world joined together in Honolulu to discuss common goals in underwater cultural heritage research and preservation.

The proceedings for the 2014 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage are now available, courtesy of The Museum of Underwater Archaeology. This collection includes over 100 papers, video interviews, and posters all freely available online. For example, video interviews with conference chair Dr. Hans Van Tilburg and keynote speakers Dr. James Delgado and Dr. Sayan Praicharnjit. Introductory videos by session organizers describe the reasons for convening their panels and their hopes for future research paths.

The collection is found at http://www.themua.org/collections/collections/show/13

The World’s Beads: An Annotated Bibliography

A much-expanded version of the Researching the World’s Beads: An Annotated Bibliography has been uploaded to the Society of Bead Researchers website. Several hundred new references have been added with the hope that the bibliography will be of use to those researching beads. The emphasis is on archaeological material but some ethnographic references are also provided.

The bibliography has been divided into nine major political-geographical groups, two specialized theme groups, and a general/miscellaneous group.  These are in the form of PDFs.

This bibliography has been compiled by Karlis Karklins; revised and updated 28 March 2014.