9781107006737

Ancient Glass

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  • ISBN13:

    9781107006737

  • ISBN10:

    1107006732

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2/28/2013
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Summary

This book is an interdisciplinary exploration of archaeological glass in which technological, historical, geological, chemical and cultural aspects of the study of ancient glass are combined. The book examines why and how this unique material was invented some 4,500 years ago and considers the ritual, social, economic and political contexts of its development. It also provides an in-depth consideration of glass as a material, the raw materials used to make it, and its wide range of chemical compositions in both the East and the West from its invention to the seventeenth century AD. Julian Henderson focuses on three contrasting archaeological and scientific case studies: Late Bronze Age glass, late Hellenistic–early Roman glass, and Islamic glass in the Middle East. He considers in detail the provenances of ancient glass using scientific techniques and discusses a range of vessels and their uses in ancient societies.

Table of Contents

Glass as a material: a technological background in fiaence, pottery and metal?
Ways to flux silica: ashes and minerals
Silica, lime and glass colorants
Glass chemical compositions
Early glass: archaeology
Scientific analysis of early glass
Hellenistic to Roman: a change from small- to large-scale glass production?
Scientific studies of Hellenistic and early Roman glass
Islamic glass: technological continuity and innovation
Chemical analyses of Islamic glasses
The provenance of ancient glass
Conclusions
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