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Projet GlassRoutes

« Mapping the First Millennium Glass Economy : La circulation des verres dans le premier millénaire »

Description :

The production of raw glass up until the early medieval period was restricted to few primary glassmaking centres in the Levant and Egypt producing glasses with distinct chemical fingerprints that were then shipped all over the Mediterranean. The study of glass thus provides a unique perspective on long-distance communications and shifts in economy, trade and cultural interactions. This project explores the production, trade and consumption of glass as a major economic activity in the medieval Mediterranean.

The chronological parameters are the 4th to 12th centuries CE, covering a period of significant diversification and technological innovations in glass production. The project addresses three broad gaps in our understanding of these developments: Byzantine glassmaking; the spread of Islamic plant ash glass; and the role of the Iberian Peninsula. GlassRoutes will push the frontiers of glass research by integrating chemical, archaeological and documentary data about these three key players in the medieval glass economy. By comparing the material and artistic aspects of glass assemblages from selected Mediterranean sites it will identify patterns in the manufacture, trade and usage of glass.

Laboratoire :

UMR 5060 Institut de recherche sur les Archéomatériaux – IRAMAT

Porteuse du projet : Nadine SCHIBILLE

Durée :

60 mois à partir du 1er octobre 2015

Programme :


Budget global / Subvention de la Commission Européenne :

Budget global de 1 982 401 € et 1 982 401 € de subvention de la Commission Européenne

Pour plus d’informations : Page GlassRoutes