Category Archives: Around the World

Chinese Glass

In the past ten years or so, there has been an explosion of glass research in China, particularly concerning the origins of glass wares and glass technology. For much of the twentieth century, most Western sources agreed that glass and … Continue reading

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Southeast Asian Glass

Southeast Asia is one of the primary centers of archaeological study of glass in the world. The main reason for this is that not much else survives in the humid, wet, tropical conditions of Southeast Asia. Another large reason is … Continue reading

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Korean Glass

I am by no means an expert on Korean glass, and I won’t claim to be one here. I also haven’t looked at Korean glass as much as other regions, so please take this as a general summary rather than … Continue reading

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South African Glass

More recent research has been done on African glass, and my list is certainly not exhaustive, but I know of three main published sources for South African glass studies. One looks at beads form Mapungubwe and Bambandyanolo in the Limpopo Valley of South Africa and Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe. The second looks at beads specifically from Mapungubwe, and the third looks at sites from Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Continue reading

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East African Glass

There are two main areas in sub-Saharan Africa that feature prominently in glass studies: East Africa and South Africa. Unfortunately, there are not very many people looking at glass in sub-Saharan Africa and I haven’t actively searched for material related to sub-Saharan glass in several years, making these entries far less informative than some of my other regional summaries. Continue reading

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Middle Eastern Glass

The Middle East, namely the area of ancient Mesopotamia, is seen as one of the populations to first invent glass. The extent of glass in the Middle East (both geographically and chronologically) provides a vast amount of data, and I cannot begin to summarise all of it here. Instead, I’m going to look at studies of 1st-13th century glass, since that is the time period I generally frequent in my own research.

The main focus of a lot of work on Middle Eastern glass, like that of Roman and Egyptian glass, is on manufacture and the recipes used to create it. This isn’t terribly surprising, given the similar shift in chemical type to Egyptian and Roman glasses. Continue reading

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Egyptian Glass

The Egyptians are often understood to be one of the populations that first invented glass, and the history of glass manufacture in Egypt is extensive. The focus in Egyptian glass studies, like with studies of Roman glass, tend to be on manufacture – how and where glass was made. There is discussion of trade, but the majority of studies focus on the recipes used or the extent of manufacture at a particular site. Continue reading

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Roman Glass

Large amounts of work have been done on Roman glass, largely in relation to Roman glass vessels.  The main focus of research I have seen lies in identifying the source material of the glass through chemical composition and to determine … Continue reading

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