Title: Isotopic discriminants between Late Bronze Age glasses from Egypt and the Near East
Authors: Degryse, Patrick ×
Boyce, A.
Erb-Satullo, N.
Eremin, K.
Kirk, S.
Scott, Becki
Shortland, A.J.
Schneider, Jens
Walton, M. #
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Series Title: Archaeometry vol:52 issue:3 pages:380-388
Abstract: This paper presents oxygen, strontium and neodymium isotopic analysis from a series of Late
Bronze Age glasses from Egypt and Mesopotamia. It was found that oxygen and neodymium
isotopes alone cannot readily distinguish between glasses from the various sites. However,
combined Sr and Nd isotope analysis separate the data into three groups: an Egyptian group
with relatively low Sr and Nd ratios; a Late Bronze Age (LBA) Nuzi group with high Sr and low
Nd ratios; and an intermediate Sr and high Nd ratio grouping of glasses from Tell Brak. These
findings suggest that most of the glass from Nuzi and Tell Brak had different raw materials and
hence the glass was probably produced at different manufacturing sites. However, one glass
ingot found at Tell Brak (TB1) appears to have Nuzi-type Sr–Nd characteristics. This is the
first positive identification of multiple production sites in LBA Mesopotamia and an exceptional
example of a glass that may have been exchanged from one LBA site to another.
ISSN: 0003-813X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division of Geology
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