Political and technological changes, glass provenance and a new glass production model along the west Asian Silk Road

Henderson, Julian and Chenerya, Simon and Fabera, Edward W. and Krögerd, Jens (2021) Political and technological changes, glass provenance and a new glass production model along the west Asian Silk Road. In: From artificial stone to transparent mass product: innovations in glass technology and their social consequences between the Bronze Age and antiquity. Berlin Studies of the Ancient World (67). Topoi, pp. 119-143. ISBN 9783981968552

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Abstract

We consider some of the social, political, and economic factors that led to the mass production of glass, especially during the ‘Abbasid Caliphate. Scientific analysis is used to investigate glass production, and consider how these factors can be used to interpret the results having defined glass technology and its provenance for glass derived from a 2000-mile area of the Middle East, between Egypt and northern Iran. The results show evidence of production in the Levant, northern Syria, and Iran/Iraq as well as sub-zones associated with cosmopolitan urban centers in Cairo, Beirut, Damascus, Al-Raqqa, Samarra, Ctesiphon, and Nishapur and specialized production of specific vessel types. It is shown that glass trade occurred between these hubs with limited recycling within a decentralized production system forming part of the ‘Abbasid economic boom.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Silk Road; glass; provenance; production model
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Archaeology
University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of International Communications
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.17171/3-67
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Depositing User: Wu, Cocoa
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 02:32
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2021 02:32
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/64787

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