Materials and Technologies in the Age of Transition

DAY 1 (10 July 2019)

GLASS (9.3011.00)

Sasanian Glass

St John Simpson (British Museum)

Mechanisms Underlying Early Islamic Glass Productions

Nadine Schibille (CNRS Orleans)

Chair: Beatrice Leal (University of Oxford)

Tea/Coffee (11.0011.30)

CERAMICS (11.3013.00)

Late Antique Glazed Wares: Ceramic Glazing Traditions and Cultural Interactions

Moujan Matin (University of Oxford) 

The Commodification of Ceramics During the Early Islamic Period
Seth Priestman (British Museum)

Chair: Oliver Watson (University of Oxford)

Lunch (13.00 15.00)

METALLURGY (15.0016.30)

What Do We Know About Crucible Steel in the Late Antique Era: Evidence and Origins?

Brian Gilmour (University of Oxford)

Copper-based Metal Technologies at the End of Antiquity: Continuity and Change

Matthew Ponting (University of Liverpool)

Chair: James Allan (University of Oxford)

Tea/Coffee (16.3018.00)


Metallurgy and Provenance of Early Islamic Silver: Current Results and Future Questions

Stephen Merkel (University of Oxford)

The Impact of Raw Material Supply on the Development of the Early Islamic Relief Carved Rock Crystal Industry (911th c.)

Elise Morero (University of Oxford)

Chair: Jeremy Johns (University of Oxford)


DAY 2 (11 July 2019)

TEXTILES (9.3011.00)  

Early Byzantine, Sasanian and Near Eastern Silks: Design and Technical Cross-Currents as Symbols of Cultural Exchange 

Anna Muthesius (University of Cambridge)

Sasanian Silk Textiles in Samite Weave– Their Origins and Afterlife 

Hero GrangerTaylor (Independent scholar)

Chair: Jonathan Shepard (University of Oxford)

Tea/Coffee (11.0011.30)

MANUSCRIPTS (11.3013.00)

Books and Bees: Material Culture from the Standpoint of the Natural History

Matthew Collins (University of Cambridge and University of Copenhagen)

The Technology of the Codex in Late Antiquity and its Sources

Georgios Boudalis (Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki)

Chair: Alain George (University of Oxford)


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