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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Beads from Danish Graves

I recently reviewed Brondsted's survey of Danish Viking era graves (1936 - Acta Archaeologica VII). The information is a little sketchy but he summarizes 345 graves including 314 inhumations and 41 cremations.

I added some notes to the bead page

http://www.darkcompany.ca/beads/beads.php


  • 49 graves (14.2%) have 1 or more bead

  • 35 graves have known numbers of beads (the others say only "beads")

  • Only 7 graves (2%) have 10 or more beads

  • For the 35 graves with known numbers:

    • the average (mean) number of beads is 8

    • the median number of beads is 3 (half the graves have under 3)

    • the mode (most common number) is 1


  • Of the 23 beads of known type & number

    • 17 are glass (red is the only listed colour)

    • 4 are amber

    • 1 rock crystal

    • 1 stone


  • Clay beads are also mentioned but without specific numbers

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