Presented through 20 case studies covering Europe and the Near East, Neighbours and Successors of Rome investigates development in the production of glass and the mechanisms of the wider glass economy as part of a wider material culture in Europe and the Near East around the later first millennium AD. Though highlighting and solidifying chronology, patterns of distribution, and typology, the primary aims of the collection are to present a new methodology that emphasises regional workshops, scientific data, and the wider trade culture.
This methodology embraces a shift in conceptual approach to the study of glass by explaining typological change through the existence of a thriving supra-national commercial network that responded to market demands and combines the results of a range of new scientific techniques into a framework that stresses co-dependence and similarities between the various sites considered. Such an approach, particularly within Byzantine and Early Islamic glass production, is a pioneering concept that contextualises individual sites within the wider region.
By twinning a critique of archaeometric methods with the latest archaeological research, the contributors present a foundation for glass research, seen through the lens of consumption demands and geographical necessity, that analyses production centres and traditional typological knowledge. In so doing the they bridge an important divide by demonstrating the co-habitability of diverse approaches and disciplines, linking, for example, the production of Campanulate bowls from Gallaecia with the burgeoning international late antique style. Equally, the particular details of those pieces allow us to identify a regional style as well as local production. As such this compilation provides a highly valuable resource for archaeologists, anthropologists, and art historians.
Daniel Keller wrote his doctoral thesis on the glass finds from Petra in Jordan at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Byzantinische Archaologie Mainz in Germany from 2006 to 2009, and has been a librarian in the University of Basel since 2009. He has particular research interests in late antique, Byzantine and early Islamic glass in Jordan and Egypt. Jennifer Price is Emeritus Professor of Roman Provincial Archaeology at Durham University, UK. Her PhD in Archaeology from Cardiff University, UK was on Roman glass in Spain and she has longstanding research interests in Roman and early Medieval glass from archaeological sites in western Europe and the Mediterranean region. 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.
Contents: Acknowledgments Glass from the later first millennium AD: current state of research Daniel Keller, Jennifer Price and Caroline Jackson The last Roman glass in Britain: recycling at the periphery of the empire Caroline Jackson and Harriet Foster Opaque yellow glass production in the early medieval period: new evidence James R. N. Peake and Ian C. Freestone The vessel glass assemblage from Anglo-Saxon occupation at West Heslerton, North Yorkshire Rose Broadley Glassworking at Whitby Abbey and Kirkdale Minster in North Yorkshire Sarah Paynter, Sarah Jennings and Jennifer Price Glass workshops in northern Gaul and the Rhineland in the first millennium AD as hints of a changing land use- including some results of the chemical analyses of glass from Mayen Martin Grunewald and Sonngard Hartmann Campanulate bowls from Gallaecia: evidence for regional glass production in late antiquity Mario da Cruz The Wilshere Collection of late Roman gold-glass at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford Susan Walker The"proto-history" of Venetian glassmaking David Whitehouse Late Roman glass from South Pannonia and the problem of its origin Mia Leljak Glass supply and consumption in the late Roman and early Byzantine site Dichin, northern Bulgaria Thilo Rehren and Anastasia Cholakova An early Christian glass workshop at 45, Vasileos Irakleiou Street in the centre of Thessaloniki Anastassios Ch. Antonaras Glass tesserae from Hagios Polyeuktos, Constantinople: their early Byzantine affiliations Nadine Schibille and Judith McKenzie Successors of Rome? Byzantine Glass Mosaics Liz James Glass from the Byzantine Palace at Ephesus in Turkey Sylvia Funfschilling Late Roman and early Byzantine glass from Heliopolis/Baalbek Hanna Hamel and Susanne Greiff Changes in glass supply in southern Jordan in the later first millennium AD Susanne Greiff and Daniel Keller Egyptian glass abroad: HIMT glass and its markets Marie-Dominique Nenna Continuity and change in Byzantine and early Islamic glass from Syene/Aswan and Elephantine, Egypt Daniel Keller Sasanian glass: an overview St John Simpson