The study of Ancient Indian Glass, involves scientific investigations as well as understanding in the right cultural perspective. A combination of such a strategy has not evolved fully in south Asia even though a larger history and ethnography of glass is noticed here. Further, there is a need of standardization of glass artifacts studies in terms of typology and technology among the various researchers.
Keeping in view of above objectives, Archaeological Sciences Centre, IITGN will be conducting a five day (including one day fieldtrip) Conference-cum-Workshop on ‘History, Science and Technology of Ancient Indian Glass’ from 21—25th January, 2019. This Conference-cum-Workshop aims to discuss the development of glass through the ages, literature/epigraphical references, typology, techniques and archaeometry involved in their study to interpret the past technology with the help of experts and scholars who are either archaeologists or scientists working in archaeology and allied disciplines.
Eminent scholars from around the world (
Ravindra Singh Bisht,
Maninder Singh Gill,
Alok Kumar Kanungo,
Jonathan M. Kenoyer,
Ravindra Nath Singh,
Massimo Vidale and
and craftsmen from Varanasi/Purdalpur and Kapadwanj will be the resource persons who will share their work and deliver lectures and carryout hands-on experiments for the participants on various aspects of ancient glass in the archaeological context. With pre-designed requested paper from the experts a book on Glass of South & South-East Asia: Archaeology, Ethnography and Global Connections will be published.
Registration Fee: Rs. 1500/- for student, Rs. 2500/- for staff and Rs. 5000/- for foreigner
Short Listing of Applications
We will be shortlisting about 50 young archaeologists (Post-Graduate students, Research Scholars, Faculty and Staff) and Ancient Glass Enthusiast dealing with excavations and study of glass (on the basis of the applicants CV and SOP) from the received applications in October 2018. The participants will be exposed to the various scientific studies of Ancient Glass.
Selected candidates will be notified via email in mid November 2018.
Conference-cum-Workshop Coordinator: Alok Kumar Kanungo
Dr. Stephen Koob, chief conservator in Corning Museum of Glass, is responsible for the care and preservation of all of the Museum’s collections. This includes cleaning the glass and making recommendations for its handling, storage, display, and movement. He also oversees the maintenance and repair of objects in the Museum’s conservation lab, and provides documentation of such objects throughout their repair. He is an expert in dealing with “crizzling,” a condition that affects unstable glass. Dr. Koob has recently taken over the chairmanship of Technical Committee 17, which studies the Archaeometry and Conservation of Glass, as part of the International Congress on Glass. He is the author of the book, Conservation and Care of Glass Objects (2006). Koob holds an MA in Classical Archaeology from Indiana University, and a B.Sc. in Archaeological Conservation and Materials Science from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London. Before joining the Museum staff in 1998, Koob worked for 11 years as conservator, specializing in ceramics and glass, at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
Dr. Thilo Rehren is the A.G. Leventis Professor for Archaeological Sciences at the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia, Cyprus, where he leads the research centre for Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture (STARC). Trained originally as an Earth Scientist, with a doctorate in volcanology, he worked for nearly ten years as a research scientist at the German Mining Museum in Bochum specializing in ancient high-temperature technologies to produce various metals, alloys and glass. In 1999 he joined the University College London (UCL) Institute of Archaeology as Professor for Archaeological Materials and Technologies, from 2011 to 2016 he led the development of UCL Qatar as a center of excellence for archaeology, museology and conservation based in Doha, Qatar. He has published well over 150 peer-reviewed journal papers, with a current h-index of 34 (Google Scholar), covering topics from early magnesium alloys to platinum metal, Bronze Age, Roman-Byzantine and African glass making, lead-silver smelting and refining, brass making, copper smelting, crucible steel production, and more.
Dr. V. Selvakumar is a faculty member in the Department of Maritime History and Marine Archaeology, Tamil University, Thanjavur. He completed his doctoral research and post-Doctoral research from Deccan College, Pune. He was a faculty member at the Centre for Heritage Studies, Tripunithura, Kerala from 2003 to 2007, and the Department of Epigraphy and Archaeology of Tamil University, Thanjavur, from 2007 to 2017. He was a Nehru Trust for the Indian Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum (NTICVAM) Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Southampton University in 2004. With a NTICVAM UK Visiting Fellowship in 2018, he was trained in Ceramic Studies at UCL and the British Museum. His research interests include archaeology of India, prehistory, maritime history and archaeology, archaeological theory, heritage management, history of science and technology, ceramic studies, Indian Ocean Cultural interactions, and ecocritcism.