Although the study of the beads themselves in typologies, the study of the production process, the material they are produced with and the bead trade is not the focus of this website, we did decide to show some images of aspects of bead production. On this page the workshops of bead makers can be seen, as well as the installations and ovens in the production of glass beads.
In 2014, in Tell el-Amarna in Egypt, a workshop of bead makers was excavated (check here for the introducing webpage). The tiny fragments of glass left behind and uncovered from the sand, as well as the little evidence of glass bead making kilns show that one must look very carefully to find traces of bead making from archaeological contexts. This is supported by the images on this page.
Apart from bead making, this page also shows an image of a shop on the Cairene market selling mainly beads. In the past, trade of beads was wide spread and beads travelled half the world (click here for an impression on the bead trade from archaeological context).
Since the images on this page are not ours, a link to the original image can be found by clicking the images