Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Several centuries of glass in one summer

As a glass arti­fact spe­cial­ist, my research is not lim­it­ed to a par­tic­u­lar time peri­od or geo­graph­ic region, so I am able to study mate­r­i­al from a range of times and places. It's incred­i­bly inter­est­ing and reward­ing to view mate­r­i­al cul­ture over a long chrono­log­i­cal sequence, and to study the par­tic­u­lar ways in which glass was pro­duced and used with­in var­i­ous regions and by dif­fer­ent cul­tures. This sum­mer I've been for­tu­nate enough to work with two dif­fer­ent projects, study­ing the glass assem­blages unearthed dur­ing the exca­va­tion of Hor­bat Huqoq in Israel and Hisn al-Tinat in Turkey.

Huqoq is a Jew­ish vil­lage locat­ed in the Galilee region of Israel, just west of Lake Kin­neret and with­in the area of ancient Migdal, Caper­naum, and other vil­lages made famous by the life of Jesus. The site dates pri­mar­i­ly to the Roman-Early Byzan­tine peri­od, but our exca­va­tion project actu­al­ly has three main goals: 1) to study the ancient vil­lage, 2) to study the syn­a­gogue of the ancient vil­lage, and 3) to study the "mod­ern" Arab-Palestinian vil­lage of Yakuk that was built on top of the ancient vil­lage but aban­doned in 1948 and bull­dozed in the 1960s. 

Via http://asorblog.org/?p=2638