The Glass Workers of Roman London

Book Details

Author  John Shepherd
Publisher  MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology)
Publication Date   August 8, 2009
ISBN  1901992845
Pages  64

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Recycling may be a topical subject today, but it is an ancient practice. Glass was regularly recycled to make new vessels during
the Roman period and important new evidence for glass working in
London came from 35 Basinghall Street in the City, with the discovery,
in 2005, of over 70kg of broken vessel glass and production waste. This
ranges from large blocks, which have cooled in a tank furnace, to minute threads swept from a workshop floor. Particularly impressive are thousands
of moils the small cylinder of glass left on the end of the blowing iron
when a vessel has been detached, each representing the making of a single
product.

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