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[23-25 May 2012, UK] The Archaeology of Glassmaking

We have great pleasure to announce the NARNIA training course on The Archaeology of Glassmaking from 23rd to 25th May 2012 in Andover, Hampshire, England.

This training course is limited to 14 participants, on a first-come-first-serve basis; it is open for all NARNIA fellows (for whom costs can be covered through their host’s NARNIA budget). Places not filled will be advertised outside the NARNIA network from 1 May 2012, at a higher course fee.


For more than three millennia, glass has been made using a variety of raw materials and methods. This workshop combines seminars and practicals to explore the archaeological evidence for glass making from the Late Bronze Age to the early Modern Period; to give a technical overview of the factors relevant for pre-Industrial glass making; to discuss reasons for differences and similarities among the different traditions; and to develop a feel for the actual process, and the behaviour of liquid glass.

Draft Programme (subject to change)

Tuesday, 22/05/2012

Arrival of participants; dinner at the Premier Inn in Andover

Wednesday, 23/05/2012

Morning session: Introduction to the workshop; initial lectures (overview of glass making history)

Afternoon session: The chemistry of glass making; demonstration of glass working (in furnace room)

Thursday, 24/05/2012

Morning session: preparing batches for melting; The archaeology of Late Bronze Age glass making

Afternoon session: Working our own glass; Hellenistic to Roman glass making

Friday, 25/05/2012

Morning session: European wood-ash glass; colouring glass

Afternoon session: Summary seminar, Q&A; return to London

Registration and Fees

You may find the registration form for this NARNIA training course by clicking HERE

The registration form should be sent as soon as possible to

The registration fee for this event is £250 (€ 300) per person, which includes:

· Workshop information pack

· Accommodation and breakfast at the event’s hotel (check-in starts evening of 22nd of May)

· Local transport (minibus)

· Tea during workshop sessions

· Lunch and supper on 23rd 24th and 25th of May (drinks not included)

Please be sure to advise the organisers of any food allergies or dietary restrictions well in advance.

Please note that participants will be offered accommodation in shared double rooms for the duration of the event. Registration form submission and binding booking by 27 April 2012 is essential for the organisation of the event and the accommodation arrangements. Payment of the course fee can be done locally in cash, or by bank transfer in advance (details for bank transfer to follow in due course). For registration please fill in the registration form and email it to Rui Pang (email:

Location and Venue

The workshop will take place in a vibrant studio for Roman glassmaking in Quarley, Andover in Hampshire of England. Participants will stay at the Premier Inn [] in Andover which is 1 mile away from the workshop venue, and a minibus will be arranged between studio and hotel.

Please note that participants will be responsible for their own transport to and from Andover.


Prof. Thilo Rehren, Archaeological Materials and Technologies, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Dr Caroline Jackson, Department of Archaeology, Graduate School, University of Sheffield

Contact person

For any enquiries regarding this NARNIA workshop on Roman glassmaking, please contact Rui Pang (email:


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