Institute of Archaeology


Islamic Glass Bangles: Some Key Findings for Technological Discontinuance

26 October 2023, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Lecture poster with white background and colourfiul image of archaeological glass bangles in the centre

The Archaeomaterials Research Network (AMRN) will host a talk by Charlotte Nash (University of Kent & The British Museum) at the UCL Institute of Archaeology on 26 October.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students






Chen Chen


UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square

This in-person lecture, entitled 'The Archaeological and Scientific Study of Islamic Glass Bangles: Some Key Findings for Technological Discontinuance', given by Charlotte Nash, is open to all staff, students and honoraries.  An Institute of Archaeology alumna, Charlotte's work on this important but previously understudied group of material has been carried out as a collaborative doctoral project between the British Museum and the University of Kent.

The event will take place in Seminar Room 209 at 6pm. 

The purpose of the Archaeomaterials Research Network (AMRN) is to organise focused group activities that cross-cut the wide chronological and geographic coverage of UCL archaeomaterials research.

The network's interest includes ceramics, metals, glass, slag, plaster and lithics. In keeping with the Institute's strong profile in scientific materials analysis, the network is particularly interested in archaeometric approaches such as optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and geochemical analysis. However, traditional macroscopic approaches are also incorporated, as well as experimental and ethnographic perspectives. Technology is central to the study of inorganic archaeological materials, which represent synthetic artefacts manipulated by human hands. The interaction of craftspeople with naturally-occurring raw materials and their transformation into functional objects is a rich source of information on the skills, traditions, identities and beliefs of past societies. Another key theme is the movement of artefacts via processes such as trade, exchange and migration. Compositional data can be used to source or provenance archaeological materials and thus reconstruct these and other types of cultural interaction.

Given the importance of inorganic artefacts within the fields of archaeology, conservation and heritage, the network has a deliberately wide remit and a relevance to many Institute of Archaeology staff. Network members also include postdocs, PhD researchers, masters and undergraduate students.  Network events include guest and in-house lectures, workshops focused on specific artefact types and approaches, as well as fieldwork and experimental reconstruction. 

If you are interested in joining the AMRN or have an idea for a network event, then please contact one of the network co-ordinators: