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Saturday 18 June 2022 1400 UK Time:

Andrew Shortland: 'Ancient Egyptian Glass And Glazes.' 


This talk considers some of the most important and interesting of the materials produced by ancient Egyptian craftsmen - glass, faience and other glazed materials. It discusses what is known about their raw materials and technological production, how they were used and what they symbolised. It draws on wide-ranging sources of evidence from texts, through archaeological and historical sources, to the latest scientific analytical techniques. It focusses on the importance of the colour blue, the links between blue glass/glaze and blue stones and the significance of both in Egyptian magic and symbolism.  

Andrew Shortland is Professor of Archaeological Science and (since 2016) Director of Cranfield Forensic Institute of Cranfield University. After reading a BA in geology at the University of Oxford, he spent a year working the Oxford Earth Sciences Department helping provenance copper and bronze objects from the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean. He continued at Oxford to read for a masters' degree in Prehistoric Archaeology before working in the Civil Service. Andrew returned to Oxford to research Egyptology, receiving a DPhil for work on vitreous materials from Amarna in Middle Egypt. After time as a Research Fellow and the University Research Lecturer at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology in Oxford, he moved to Cranfield University in 2005.

Biography adapted from information on the website of Cranfield University