Research Article

Late Bronze Age Glass Production at Qantir-Piramesses, Egypt

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Science  17 Jun 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5729, pp. 1756-1758
DOI: 10.1126/science.1110466

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It has been uncertain whether the glass produced during the Late Bronze Age (LBA) originated in Egypt or Mesopotamia. Here we present evidence for the production of glass from its raw materials in the eastern Nile Delta during the LBA. Glass was made in workshops that were separate from where the production of objects took place. The initial melting of the raw materials to semi-finished glass was done at temperatures of 900° to 950°C, followed by coloration and ingot production at 1000° to 1100°C.

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