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Where did her exotic shell jewelry come from?
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Some of the beads as well as the disks and bracelet are from mollusk species that prefer a clean habitat rich in coral. Since the Princess lived at the mouth of a muddy estuary, it seems likely that the shell was obtained from some distance, perhaps through an exchange network that included other communities. Controlling trade goods and accumulating such rare and desirable objects as the Tridacna and cowrie shells found at the site would have been one way of succeeding in a society such as Khok Phanom Di.



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