Z METODYKI BADAŃ NAD MIEJSCOWĄ PRODUKCJĄ SZKŁA. NA PODSTAWIE STAROŻYTNYCH I WCZESNOŚREDNIOWIECZNYCH ŹRÓDEŁ ARCHEOLOGICZNYCH
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On research methodology regarding local glass production. Ancient and early mediaeval archaeological records
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The author draws upon her earlier published work, in which a classification and interpretation of selected categories of glass production relics had been put forward. In view of the fragmentariness and sporadic occurrence of written sources on glass-making in antiquity and Mediaeval times, archaeological records must remain the basis for research on this sort of manufacturing. In turn, the specific nature of the material and the complexity of the issues involved demand a somewhat modified research approach, different from that applied to ready-made glass products. While the present author debates some of the opinions of various scholars, she has taken advantage of new and varied records to document her own suggestion of a classification mentioned above. She also takes up some issues regarding research methods involved in the study of local glass production. In her opinion, the ancient and early mediaeval glass workshop was characterized by the following assemblage of categories of finds: production relics (buildings, other roofed structures, furnaces, hearts, tools, raw materials, slag, glass mass, waste products), half-products, ready products and the other. The author goes on to describe summarily the functioning of the ancient glass-making craft and presents examples of waste in the three subcategories. In discussing these finds she also considers the possibilities for interpreting them as the remains of different types of workshops.
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