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The archaeology and archaeometry of natron glass making

The archaeology and archaeometry of natron glass making

Scott, R. B. ORCID: 0000-0001-9963-3972 and Degryse, P. (2015) The archaeology and archaeometry of natron glass making. In: Degryse, Patrick, (ed.) Glass Making in the Greco-Roman World: Results of the Archglass Project. Studies in Archaeological Sciences 4 . Leuven University Press, pp. 15-26. ISBN 978-9462700079 (doi:

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This book presents a reconstruction of the Hellenistic-Roman glass industry from the point of view of raw material procurement. Within the ERC funded ARCHGLASS project, the authors of this work developed new geochemical techniques to provenance primary glass making. They investigated both production and consumer sites of glass, and identified suitable mineral resources for glass making through geological prospecting. Because the source of the raw materials used in the manufacturing of natron glass can be determined, new insights in the trade of this material are revealed. While eastern Mediterranean glass factories were active throughout the Hellenistic to early Islamic period, western Mediterranean and possibly Italian and North African sources also supplied the Mediterranean world with raw glass in early Roman times. By combining archaeological and scientific data, the authors develop new interdisciplinary techniques for an innovative archaeological interpretation of glass trade in the Hellenistic-Roman world, highlighting the development of glass as an economic material.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Ch. 1
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pliny, natron glass, roman glass making, sand exploitation
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Science (SCI)
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2020 23:11

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