UCL: Glass for the Pharaoh - Trade & Politics in the Bronze Age
Part of UCL's public lecture series: 3,500 years ago, during the Late Bronze Age, glass was a rare precious material. The ruler of Egypt requested it from his vassals in the Levant, and archaeological finds document the long-distance movement of glass ingots during this time. Until quite recently, however, it was unknown who really produced this glass, and how and where. Through a combination of historical, archaeological and scientific methods we identify the production centres, explore the trade network of the time, and the role of politics in shaping the flow of this colourful material. Surprisingly, the different sources paint quite different pictures, which only together give a full representation of what is likely to have happened during this period.
Reception (free food) to follow the lecture.
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