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Archaeological Evidence for Glassworking

Front cover of Archaeological Evidence for Glassworking

Guidelines for Best Practice

By Sarah Paynter, David Dungworth

The aim of these guidelines is to help archaeologists to recover, identify and interpret waste from the production and working of glass in Britain, from the Bronze Age to the early 20th century.

Surviving glassworking remains are likely to be regionally or nationally important, as archaeological evidence of glassworking is relatively rare. These guidelines provide advice on how to approach, investigate and interpret glassworking sites in order to maximise their archaeological potential.


  • How to use these guidelines
  • What is glass?
  • An introduction to making and working glass
  • The practicalities of investigating a glassworking site
  • What you may find: general indications of glassmaking and working
  • Interpreting finds: the evidence from different glassworking methods
  • Materials mistaken for glassworking waste
  • Chronological overview
  • Summary table
  • Where to go for help
  • Case studies
  • Glossary
  • References

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 51642


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