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Glass for the Pharaoh - Trade and Politics in the Bronze Age

Tuesday 3 October 2017, 06.00PM – 09.00PM Auditorium, Ground Floor, Georgetown University - Qatar, Education City, Al Luqta St, Ar-Rayyan, Qatar

3,500 years ago, during the Late Bronze Age, glass was a rare and precious material. The ruler of Egypt requested it from his vassals in the Levant, and archaeological evidence documents the long-distance movement of glass ingots during this time. Until quite recently, however, it was unknown who really produced this glass, and how and where. Through a combination of historical, archaeological and scientific methods, we identify the production centers, explore the trade network of the time, and the role of politics in shaping the flow of this colorful material. Surprisingly, the different sources paint quite different pictures, which only together give a full representation of what is likely to have happened during this period.

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