Glass beads, UA2015-237-117, UA2015-237-257

Beads were among the most important Alaskan trade items. Their shape and color changed throughout the time, which provides useful information for dating archaeological record. The blue seed bead in this collection, for instance, represents a type which was wide spread in 18th and 19th century Alaska, while white-centered red bead was most common after ca. 1860. Together with the pocket knife and pipe stem, the red bead is an evidence of active 19th century traffic along the outer coast of Kruzof Island.