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Things that travelled - Mediterranean Glass in the First Millennium AD

30 April 2014

Coloured glass from the Petrie Palestinian Collection

The UCL Early Glass Technology Research Network will hold its inaugural conference in November 2014 for which a call for papers is announced.

The UCL Early Glass Technology Research Network with the Association for the History of Glass, are pleased to announce the conference “Things that travelled – Mediterranean glass in the 1st millennium AD”, to be held at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, the Wallace Collection and the British Museum, on the 28 and 29 November 2014.

The organisation of Roman, Byzantine and Early Islamic glass production and trade is a focus of current research, developing from archaeological and scientific evidence which suggests that much of the glass used and traded throughout Northern Africa, the Western Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Near East originated in the Eastern Mediterranean, particularly Egypt and the Levant.

This conference will address key issues regarding the production and distribution of glass in this period and provide an international forum to exchange relevant archaeological and analytical data. The aim of the meeting is to provide a forum to discuss key questions including the location and change of primary production centres, production methods, regional supply patterns, recycling, chronology and the impact of political, social and economic change on glass production and distribution throughout the first millennium AD.

The conference will present the results of current research from across the region of interest and speakers who have agreed to attend include Patrick Degryse (Leuven), Yael Gorin-Rosen (Jerusalem), Marie-Dominique Nenna (Lyon), Thilo Rehren (Doha) and Ian Freestone (London).

Call for abstracts

Submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations are now invited. Abstracts of a maximum of 200 words should be submitted by 16 July 2014 to Daniela Rosenow ( in MS Word format, accompanied by the name, affiliation and email address of the speaker/corresponding author and title of the paper/poster.

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Daniela Rosenow.