A dozen beads, in different hues of blue, lie on a bed of white cotton in a small plastic case. Each bead is about the size of a pea, and many are misshapen.
They were made by hand, and not by modern jewelers. They date back perhaps 400 years, before America, and likely before Galileo and Plymouth Rock. And they were found south of what’s now Wellington. It’s believed early European explorers traded them with indigenous Floridians whose tribes are now extinct.
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