the reason why they're talking about beads is because I briefly mentioned there apparently being a trend of Swedish women being buried with green beads in the viking age having origins in Asia, suggesting communication between Sweden and that region of Asia
But…the connection of beads from India, Egypt and possibly as far as China in Viking graves have all been documented by people who are experts in the field:
As well as Viking beads found in various communities in Borneo:
We can have a whole discussion about this, now that I know what we’re actually talking about!
By the way, the above source is great, since it’s an interdisciplinary approach to discovering and tracing the origins and destinations, as well as the purpose of beads, cabochon gems, and other forms of trade good, barter, and currency from throughout history. It’s a global and cross-cultural perspective, and much more interesting than it first appears.