Glass and Glassmaking in the Iron Age


Dr. des. Katharina Schmidt

© The Trustees of the British Museum


This lecture discusses glass objects of the little known Iron Age period in Mesopotamia and its bordering regions and contributes to the history of glass by bridging the gap between the Late Bronze Age and the Hellenistic periods, both of which periods have been relatively well studied. The paper discusses the relevant objects, not only with regard to typology and chronology, but also with regard to their manufacturing technique and by including archaeometrical and philological data. Workshop equipment, the amount of required fuel, and the organisation of these workshops will also be tackled. In this regard, the study of contemporary cuneiform sources are shown to yield valuable insights, as tools and furnace types are mentioned in these texts.

Wednesday, 5 April, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology (Tla al-Ali)
Reception to follow