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Evidence for Roman Glass Production in Salemi, Sicily

Author(s): William Balco ; Michael J. Kolb

Year: 2016

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Evidence for the production of Roman glass artifacts in western Sicily remains difficult to identify. The fragile nature of glass artifacts and the frequency with which glass could be recycled into new glass artifacts contributes to a general lack of evidence concerning its ancient production. Excavation of a Roman water cistern in Salemi, Sicily however, preserve evidence of the local manufacture of glass artifacts. Following its abandonment, the cistern was filled with refuse from the nearby structure, including glass fragments, droplets, and other waste glass. This paper explores the evidence for Roman glass production at Salemi. An analysis of this evidence suggests the presence of a skilled craftsperson operating at the site and attests the wealth of the household associated with this feature.

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Evidence for Roman Glass Production in Salemi, Sicily. William Balco, Michael J. Kolb. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405398)


Glass Sicily

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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America