Institute of Archaeology


Early Glass Technology Network Conferences

Things that travelled - Mediterranean Glass in the First Millennium AD

Coloured glass from the Petrie Palestinian Collection (Image courtesy of UCL Media Services - University College London)

28 & 29 November 2014

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 UCL's 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. The conference will address key issues on 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).

Submission of abstracts

Submission of abstracts for oral presentations are now closed. A limited space for posters is still available. Poster abstracts of a maximum of 200 words should be submitted to Daniela Rosenow (d.rosenow@ucl.ac.uk) in MS Word format, accompanied by the name, affiliation and email address of the speaker/corresponding author and title of the poster.


The conference fee is £40 (regular), £30 (AHG members) and £10 (non-UCL students, free for UCL students). UCL students wishing to attend can register by emailing their name and course to Matt Phelps (matt.phelps@uclmail.net).

A pre-conference visit to the British Museum (on Thursday 27 November) providing the opportunity to have a look at Late Roman and Byzantine glass will be available for registered participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email Daniela Rosenow (d.rosenow@ucl.ac.uk) after registering to book your place.

Programme & Pre-conference information

We look forward to seeing you in November.

Daniela Rosenow

Matt Phelps

Andrew Meek