Archaeometry of ancient glass

Small glass objects, such as beads and pendants, are reported from the archaeological record as far back as the late third millennium BC. In Roman time, transparent glass vessels became relatively common. In late antiquity, flat glass was used to close windows and as a valuable complement to architectonic decorations.

Our archaeometric studies are aimed: 
- to characterize glassy samples so as to define their chemical and mineralogical composition; 
- to understand the technology used for their production; 
- to locate sources of the raw material;
- to identify and differentiate the glass workshops.

The site provides outlines on our current research, our laboratory facilities and our recent publications.

Department of Geosciences,
University of Fribourg

Chemin du Musée 6
CH - 1700 Fribourg
Switzerland

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