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Title: The manufacturing processes of Hellenistic and Roman mosaic glass 300 B.C to 200 A.D. : a new theory of production.
Author: Dawes, Susan.
Awarding Body: University of Central England in Birmingham
Current Institution: Birmingham City University
Date of Award: 1998
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The research originated in a long association with glass making and argues for a revision of the theories and assumed production methods used in Hellenistic and Roman mosaic glass. Knowing how glass behaved in different circumstances under differing heat processes allowed for the possibility of experimenting and demonstrating the inconsistencies in many of the accepted explanations of mosaic production. The experiments were run to test out the production ideas, contrasting the findings with the original mosaic pieces and the production methods suggestedb. y others. The findings bring into question many of the accepted hypotheses for mosaic production, the rod production and the spiral and star pattern contained within, the slicing to form tesserae, the use of release agents and the material used. in the formers are argued for and contrasted with others. The study brings into question the use of a glass furnace, and implies that the need for the traditional furnace as the site of glass production could be mistaken. If this is the case, it raises questions over the archaeological sites, what counts as clues for these sites, and whether these sites would be for a single activity or shared resource sites. The evidence and hypotheses formed from the experiments if accepted will challenge many of the traditionally held ideas for the production of this glass. Locations for ancient glassm aking may need re-addressing,r einforcing the need for and the value of the experimental and practice based approach to this type of new work
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Archaeology Archaeology