Analysing rock crystal and other hard-stone craftsmanship in medieval and early modern Muslim societies - From raw material to the final product
Mark Horton (Maritime Archaeology, University of Bristol) & Ben Gaskell (Professional artist, stone carver, London) – Rock Crystal supply and workshops in Madagascar and East Africa
Mark Oxborrow (functional Microwave Material & Devices , Imperial College London) & Ben Gaskell – Can FTIR determine the provenance of rock crystal?
Chris Doherty (RLAHA, University of Oxford) – Can rock crystal artifacts be independently provenanced by scientific analysis?
Jean-Baptiste Clais (Objets d’Art, Louvre Museum) – New approaches and sources to identify Indian hard-stone
ANALYSIS OF MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES AND IMAGING OF TOOL TRACES
Margaret Sax (Scientific Research, British Museum) – Scanning electron microscopy investigation of lapidary technology: engraving Middle Eastern quartz cylinder seals and working Chinese jade
Jacob Dahl & Kathryn Kelley – How to image and study large quantities of cylinder seals from the Ancient Near East?
Elise Morero (KRC, Oxford), Hassan Zahouani & Roberto Vargiolu (École Centrale, University of Lyon) – Contribution of tribology to the study of ancient technology (with examples drawn from Early Islamic Rock crystal and glass carving)
ETHNO-ARCHAEOLOGY /EXPERIMENTAL RECONSTITUTION OF ANCIENT TECHNIQUES
Haris Procopiou (History of technology, University of Paris 1) – The role of senses and emotions during the working process – Study of traditional hard-stone workshops in Mahabalipuram (India)
Katharine Coleman (Professional artist, stone/glass carver, London) – Glass and Rock Crystal Carving Technology – Ancient and Modern
Ben Gaskell – Fatimid Rock Crystal Carving: How did they do it, and can the Makers’ Legacies be spared from the Scholarship of Goldfish and Identity Theft at the Museum
Public lecture - Leonard Wolfson Auditorium
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (PLUS): A STUDY OF EARLY ISLAMIC ROCK CRYSTAL WINE JUGS
Professor Jeremy Johns & Dr Elise Morero