6.2.7 String of Blue Glass Beads
These blue glass beads were not the most expensive items made in ancient Egyptian workshops, but they were very popular as trade items. In 2014, archaeologists in Denmark used a new technique called plasma-spectrometry to test a blue glass bead found in the grave of a woman who died 3,400 years ago in the land that is today Denmark. The technique measures the chemical composition of trace elements. It found that the blue glass bead from Denmark came from the same Egyptian workshop that made the glass for the funeral mask of King Tutankhamun (the famous King Tut), who died in 1324 BCE.