Due to specific circumstances beyond our control, we have postponed this course scheduled for April 2020; we hope to reinstate it when possible, once the situation becomes clearer. All participants have been informed.
This five-day course provides an introduction to archaeological glass, its typology, technology, composition and chronological development. It will be of interest to students, early career researchers and others who wish to engage with current research on ancient glass. It comprises daily lectures (20 hours), glass handling sessions, workshops/demonstrations on chemical analysis and scanning electron microscopy of glass, as well as a museum visit (10 hours).
The course co-coordinators and instructors are Dr. Yael Gorin-Rosen (Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem) & Prof. Ian Freestone (UCL Institute of Archaeology, London) with contributions by Dr. Carlotta Gardner (Fitch Laboratory, British School at Athens) and Dr. Polytimi Loukopoulou (General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports).
The course tutors have collaborated on glass projects for two decades. Their early papers on the archaeology and archaeometry of Levantine glass production are widely cited and articulated a production model which has now become widely accepted.
Yael Gorin-Rosen is a leading specialist in ancient glass. She established the Glass Department of the Israel Antiquities Authority in 1991 and has headed it since then. From 1996 to 2002, she taught ancient glass at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, where in 2017-2019 she is an invited lecturer. She taught at the University of Haifa during 2017. Yael Gorin-Rosen has participated in and supervised several excavations, including the biggest ancient glass production site ever excavated in the world: the raw glass industry at Bet Eli‘ezer, Hadera (1992) and more recently the raw glass furnaces at Jalame (2015−2016). She has published more than 150 reports on glass vessels from excavations in Israel, dating from the Hellenistic period to the Middle Ages.
Ian Freestone joined the Institute of Archaeology London as Professor of Archaeological Materials and Technology in 2011. From 1979 he worked in the British Museum as a research scientist, then moved to Cardiff University in 2004, where he was first Professorial Research Fellow then Head of Archaeology. He has published extensively on early glass and ceramics and is a recipient of the Archaeological Institute of America’s Pomerance Medal for scientific contributions to archaeology. He is a member of the editorial boards of Archaeometry, the Journal of Archaeological Science and Journal of Glass Studies. He currently serves as Chair of the Fitch Laboratory Committee of the British School at Athens.