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In 2016 cobalt glass beads found in Danish Bronze Age graves were determined to originate from Egypt due to the chemical component of the sand in the glass. Over time, the glass did not degrade and the chemical markers remained.
Sand was collected from around the world to make a series of jewellery for immigrants from other regions. It used to be that we could determine many things from the skeletons we found in ancient (or not so ancient) burial sites. But with so much immigration and globalization, our own sources may not be traceable in the future.
During a workshop on glass kiln casting, I use sand to interfere in the casting process and embed the material into grave jewellery. Each sand reacts differently during the casting process, so the quality of the markers will depend on the region of their owner.