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The Bead Society of Greater Washington (BSGW) was founded in 1983. A centerpiece of the society’s collection was the bead time line exhibit assembled in 2000 and partially published in James W. Lankton’s 2003 book "A Bead Timeline, Volume I: Prehistory to 1200 CE." After the BSGW closed its museum in 2008, the collection, including the bead time line, was generously donated to the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University in New Haven, CT. The bead collection is being integrated into the museum’s division of anthropology and cataloged in the Peabody Museum’s data base. In the future we hope to exhibit the time line or portions of it. In the interim, images of portions of the collection are posted in this gallery.

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