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Glass of the Roman Empire illustrates the arrival of new cultural systems, mechanisms of trade and an expanded economic base in the early 1st millennium AD which, in combination, allowed the further development of the existing glass industry. These 18 papers by renowned international scholars include studies of glass from Europe and the Near East.
Justine Bayley is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College London and former head of the Technology Team at English Heritage. Her research interests mainly concern aspects of non-ferrous metal and glass working of the last two millennia, focusing on the British Isles but set within a European context. Ian Freestone is Professor of Archaeological Materials and Technology at University College London where his research is focused on the application of scientific methods to the investigation of artifacts and their interpretation, particularly in the fields of ceramic materials and glass. Caroline Jackson is Reader in Archaeological Meterials in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests are in the study and scientific analysis of archaeological materials, specialising in glass and other vitreous materials such as faience, particularly relating to Bronze Age Egypt and the Aegean and on Roman glasses from consumption contexts.