Burials excavated on the north coast of Peru were associated with 16th-century European glass beads as well as shell and stone specimens of local manufacture. The beads were strung as necklaces, bracelets, and anklets, often combining several varieties of European beads with local products. The glass beads as well as the other grave goods suggest that the burials date to the first part of the 16th century, probably between 1530 and 1560.
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Donnan, Christopher B. and Silton, Jill
"Sixteenth-Century Glass Beads from Chotuna, North Coast of Peru."
BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers
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