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Glass of the Roman World illustrates the arrival of new cultural systems, mechanisms of trade and an expanded economic base in the early 1st millennium AD which, in combination, allowed the further development of the existing glass industry. Glass became something which encompassed more than simply a novel and highly decorative material. Glass production grew and its consumption increased until it was assimilated into all levels of society, used for display and luxury items but equally for utilitarian containers, windows and even tools.

These 18 papers by renowned international scholars include studies of glass from Europe and the Near East. The authors write on a variety of topics where their work is at the forefront of new approaches to the subject. They both extend and consolidate aspects of our understanding of how glass was produced, traded and used throughout the Empire and the wider world drawing on chronology, typology, patterns of distribution, and other methodologies, including the incorporation of new scientific methods. Though focusing on a single material the papers are firmly based in its archaeological context in the wider economy of the Roman world, and consider glass as part of a complex material culture controlled by the expansion and contraction of the Empire. The volume is presented in honor of Jenny Price, a foremost scholar of Roman glass.

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ISBN-13: 9781789253399
Publisher: Oxbow Books
Publication date: 12/27/2019
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Justine Bayley is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College London.

Ian Freestone is Professor of Archaeological Materials and Technology at University College London.

Caroline Jackson is Reader in Archaeological Meterials in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests are in the study and scientific analysis of archaeological materials, specialising in glass and other vitreous materials such as faience, particularly relating to Bronze Age Egypt and the Aegean and on Roman glasses from consumption contexts.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Jennifer Price and her contribution to the study of Roman glass
Jennifer Price Publications

Section 1: Technology and Production
Marie-Dominique Nenna
1. Primary glass workshops in Graeco-Roman Egypt: Preliminary report on the excavations of the site of Beni Salama, Wadi Natrun (2003, 2005–9)
Anna-Barbara Follmann-Schulz
2. The Hambach glass production in the late Roman period
John Shepherd
3. A Gazetteer of glass working sites in Roman London
Caroline Jackson and Harriet Foster
4. Provenance studies and Roman glass
David Whitehouse
5. The pontil in the Roman world: A preliminary survey
Ian C. Freestone and Colleen P. Stapleton
6. Composition, technology and production of coloured glasses from Roman mosaic vessels
E. Marianne Stern
7. Roman glass from East to West

Section 2: Vessels and their Forms
Souen Fontaine and Danièlle Foy
8. Mould-blown beakers with figurative scenes: New data on Narbonensis province
Birgitta Hoffmann
9. Roman and later glass from the Fezzan
Yael Israeli
10. Some exceptional glass vessels from Caesarea Maritima
Daniel Keller
11. Glass in the domestic space: Contextual analysis of Late Roman glass assemblages from Ephesus and Petra
Martine Newby Haspeslagh
12. A Roman dionysiac cameo glass vase
Sally Cottam
13. An unusual mould-blown beaker from Barzan, south-west France

Section 3: Other Uses of Glass
Sarah Jennings
14. Flat glass from Butrint and its surrounding areas, Albania
Heidi Amrein
15. Two wooden glazing bars found in Vindonissa (Switzerland) from the collection of the Swiss National Museum
Sylvia Fünfschilling
16. The reuse of Roman glass fragments
Justine Bayley
17. Roman enamels and enamelling
Peter Cosyns
18. Beyond the Channel! That’s quite a different matter. A comparison of Roman black glass from Britannia,
Gallia Belgica and Germania Inferior

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