Archaeology, archaeometry and informatics: prehistoric and medieval glass in the Czech Republic
• (Principal) Investigator:
PhDr. Natalie Venclová, DrSc.
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glass - prehistory - Middle Ages - chemical analyses - international database

The project aims at studying the history of glass production through the integration of archaeological and archaeometrical data. The main task is to define archaeological and chemical types and variants of glass from archaeological finds in the Czech Republic and other parts of Central Europe, from prehistory to the Middle Ages. Chemical characteristics, together with archaeological data, will serve as a guide for classifying archaeological glass into the individual periods of glassmaking and historical development in general. Accessible on-line, the already existing VITREA database of chemically analysed glass samples is a significant part of the project and will not be only supplemented by new data, but also linked to other information sources such as the Czech Archaeological Database, the Czech Archaeological Map and the Archaeological Bibliography of the Czech Republic. The database will serve as the material foundation of the project and a component of modern information systems available for international research projects.

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