There has been a great emphasis on amulets since antiquity, and these objects are found in nearly all materials, but particularly in stone and faience. Ancient Egypt, because of its funerary practices has more amulets than any other culture. But amulets are found from ancient Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Syria and many other cultures. Beads themselves, dZi beads for example, serve amuletic function. Melon beads, historically, have also been used as amulets.