The site of a provisioning station operated by the Dutch East India Company near the Cape of Good Hope during the late 17th and early 18th centuries produced a variety of European beads of several materials. A "typical" Dutch bead assemblage of the period, it is significant because it comes from one of very few independently dated bead-producing sites in southern Africa and, as such, will be instrumental in the formulation of a chronology for the beads found in this part of Africa.
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Karklins, Karlis and Schrire, Carmel
"The Beads from Oudespost I, A Dutch East India Company Outpost, Cape, South Africa."
BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers
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