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Egyptian glass of the first millennium AD: an archaeological and scientific approach

Publication date: Mar 25, 2014 2:23:05 PM

Start: Mar 27, 2014 5:00:00 PM

Location: UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Egyptian glass of the first millenium AD

Daniela Rosenow (Marie Curie Research Fellow, UCL) will give a presentation on Egyptian glass of the first millennium AD at the UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology on 27 March.

Daniela's presentation is entitled "Fruits seem more beautiful than they actually are if they are floating in a glass bowl" (Plinius) - Egyptian glass of the first millennium AD: an archaeological and scientific approach and all are welcome! The seminar is organised by the Institute's Material Cultures of Prehistoric and Dynastic Egypt Research Network.

Abstract

Since its discovery, glass has been an important material in archaeological debates, as it reflects technological achievements of a past culture and the social status of individuals involved in the production and consumption of glass. However, the archaeological examination of ancient glass has not yet received full attention, often being presented as an afterthought to ceramic studies. The talk summarizes the current archaeological state of knowledge of Roman, Late Antique and Early Islamic glass from Egypt and explores the potential contribution of scientific analysis to glass research.

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Richard Bussmann.