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ca. 5,000 BCE. Neolithic stone beads from early settlements in Sahara, North Africa. Using simple hand-carved tools, stones were placed on a grooved stone and  pecked out from both sides which was difficult, nonetheless, modern means cannot duplicate them. Tubular beads were even more difficult and came later in the Bronze Age in West Asia and the Indus Valley. Holes are generally not smooth nor even. SItes show many beads were broken in the process.

Neolithic beads from early settlements in Sahara, North Africa, 5000 BCE - AMBAR

These four beads are extremely rare.  They have been identified by an expert in the field as being ancient beads from Mitanni.  This was a state in Northern Syria dating from 1500BC to 1300BC so this is among the earliest glass.  Trade routes passed through the area and many items passed through.  Necklaces were popular during that period with glass, gems and stones. www.oldbeads.com

These four beads are extremely rare. They have been identified by an expert in the field as being ancient beads from Mitanni. This was a state in Northern Syria dating from to so this is among the earliest glass.

Neolithic beads, 5,000 - 3,000 years B.C.

Neolithic Stone Beads -- Circa BCE -- Excavated from the Sahara in North Africa.

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