Archaeological Evidence for Glassworking

Guidelines for Recovering, Analysing and Interpreting Evidence

This document provides guidance on identifying, investigating and interpreting the archaeological remains of past glassworking. This includes an overview of the types of glass used in Britain from the Bronze Age to the early 20th century, and how the raw materials, processes and products changed overtime. The guidance summarises how documentary sources, survey, excavation, scientific analysis and experimental archaeology have been used to interpret glassworking remains.


  • Introduction
  • What is glass?
  • Making and working glass
  • Investigating a glassworking site
  • What you might find
  • Interpreting finds
  • Materials mistaken for glassworking waste
  • Chronological overview
  • Summary table
  • Case studies
  • Where to get advice
  • References
  • Glossary

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 72
  • Product Code: HEAG259


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