UCL archaeological science expertise highlighted at international glass congress

22 September 2015

Roman glassware in a museum in Avenches

The Institute’s Early Glass Technology Research Network was well represented at the 20th Congress of the International Association for the History of Glass held recently in Fribourg, Switzerland.

Ian Freestone delivered the keynote address on ‘The scientific analysis of early glass: achievements and prospects’. Daniela Rosenow delivered a review of the occurrence of plant ash glass in Egypt in the Roman and Byzantine periods, based upon her research with Thilo Rehren (UCL Qatar).

James Lankton (UCL Qatar) described important new discoveries of Hellenistic glassmaking at Bara Sheikhan, Pakistan and their implications for the early Silk Road.

Postgraduate students Matt Phelps and Laura Adlington discussed their doctoral researches on early Islamic glass from Palestine and medieval stained glass windows, respectively.

External network member Andrew Meek of the British Museum described the findings of an investigation of early Chinese glass in the Museum’s collections.

253 delegates representing 33 countries attended the Congress which is the most important forum for research into early glass.

The Early Glass Technology Research Network brings together researchers based around London who undertake research on ancient glass. The network aims to address crucial questions about raw glass ingredients, their places of origin and production, technology and possible patterns of early glass distribution and trade, thus contributing to the larger discussion concerning economic, cultural, social and historical aspects of past cultures.