St. Mary’s College of Maryland alumna Rebecca Webster ’16 has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Southeastern Archaeology, with co-author Julia King, professor of anthropology. The article, titled “From shell to glass: how beads reflect the changing cultural landscape of the seventeenth-century lower Potomac River valley” initially began as Webster’s St. Mary’s Project. Webster is currently a first-year graduate student attending the PhD program in the department of anthropology at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

For the article, Webster and King examined over 7,500 beads from eight Native archaeological sites located in the lower Potomac River valley in order to understand how changes in bead assemblages between AD 1300 and 1712 expressed an ever-evolving Chesapeake cultural landscape. The full article is available for purchase here: or free of charge through Professor King