Glassmaking in Bronze-Age Egypt

Science  17 Jun 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5729, pp. 1750-1752
DOI: 10.1126/science.1112553

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In the Late Bronze Age, glass objects were a commodity that often served as high-value gifts exchanged between governing elites. It has been unclear whether Egypt was a site of primary glass production (raw materials were mixed to produce glass) or secondary working (ready-made glass was imported and reworked into artifacts). In her Perspective, Jackson discusses the latest evidence. She highlights the report by Rehren and Pusch, who provide evidence for primary glassmaking in Egypt during the 13th century B.C. This and other studies suggest that in the Late Bronze Age, Egypt was an important center for the manufacture of and trade in glass.