SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS, Vol 14, No 3 (2014)

Assumptions on Techniques and Production Sites of the Dvaravati Glass Beads in the Central Region of Thailand

Putsadee Rodcharoen




Abstract


This article details the study of glass beads, which were found in 8 archaeological sites in the central region of Thailand. 11 total shapes were identified: 1) Annular 2) Cylinder Disk 3) Oblate 4) Spherical 5) Barrel 6) Cylinder 7) Tube 8) Square Cylinder 9) Collared 10) Faceted Hexagonal Sphere and 11) Fluted. Three manufacturing techniques were used to produce the beads, including drawn beads, wound beads, and beads made from multiple techniques. The most commonly found manufacturing method were drawn beads. Based on a study of the bead shapes, manufacturing techniques, chemical analysis and comparison with other beads, it is argued that the glass beads from the 8 archaeological sites were imported from India, Sri Lanka, South East Asia and the Middle East.

Keywords: Glass Bead; Central Region Excavation Sites; Dvaravati

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