the Egyptian Bead Project
What We Do
the Egyptian Bead Project is a collaborative and multidisciplinary research program for all scholars interested in beads and beadwork. It aims to use archaeological artifact studies to increase our understanding of the role of beads and beadwork, and also trade and technologies related to beads in ancient Egypt.
Wish to join?
We are open to suggestions and researchers who wish to collaborate with us and/or would like to publish their research in the series. tEBP is interested in all research related to beads, including typological work, material and technological studies, symbolism, organization of bead production, conservation and reconstruction work, and experimental archaeology.
Preliminairy reports & publications
A Preliminary Overview of Ancient Egyptian Stone Beads
Harrell, A. James – Palarch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology 14(2) (tEBP Series) (2017)
Stone beads are one of the most common artifacts of ancient Egypt, but despite this they have received little attention from scholars. The first and only attempt at a comprehensive study is the late 1930’s investigation of Nai Xia, who looked at beads in all materials at what is now the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London, UK. The present survey builds on the work of Xia, and offers summaries on two aspects of stone beads: first, the relative amounts of rock and mineral varieties used during each period of Egyptian history; and second, the changes in bead form, perforation and polish through time for broad categories of stone.