TC17: Achaeometry

This committee usually meets at the triennial ICG glass congresses to organise a seminar on international aspects of glass archaeometry and is of particular interest to groups such as museum conservators, archaeologists and others concerned with the analysis and preservation of our heritage. It has also produced text books on the subject

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Activities and plans

The objectives and activities of TC17 differ somewhat from those of other TCs. The purpose of TC17, unchanged since its beginning in 1982, is to bring together glass scientists, archaeologists, museum curators, and conservators to present and discuss the results of research on early glass and glassmaking, and on the conservation of historical glass objects. TC17 centers its programs on the research and glass problems of the regions where the Congresses are held.

Two very important aspects of TC17 are that it promotes collaboration among glass specialists in widely-separated countries and it serves as a stimulus and encouragement for glass scientists and historians in developing countries.

Dr. Alok Kumar Kanungo organized and an international Conference cum Workshop on the History, Science and technology of Ancient India Glass. This will be held at the Indian Institute of Technology, Ghandinagar, India. January 21-25, 2019. Stephen Koob is one of the invited speakers and resource specialists. (A report on this meeting is available as a News Item on this web site)

TC17 continues to review its membership in the interest of adding new members.
No new members were added in 2018.

Plans for 2019
TC17 continued the planning stages for the XXV International Congress, to be held in Boston, MA, USA in 2019. All members were contacted and the initial response was very promising.  The following announcement was circulated.

ICG 2019 Boston Symposium Archaeometry (TC17)
The topical session Archaeometry as organized by TC17 is a specialized forum for research and application of Archaeometry and Archaeological Sciences in glassy materials, covering the full spectrum of topics, techniques, chronologies and regions.

(1)   Archaeometry 
Archaeometry is the investigation of ancient and historical glasses by means of any scientific methods (chemical, isotopic, or any other laboratory technique).  It is directed toward solving problems of origin, dating, and provenance of glass objects whether they are delicate vessels, shards, beads, tesserae, frits, faience. or slags. 
(2)   Conservation problems 
The focus of this session is the conservation of vitreous materials and the deterioration of glasses. This session focuses less on the understanding of early glassmaking, but on historic and current compositional problems and encompasses the conservation of our cultural heritage, as well as important problems in modern glass science. Corrosion studies have been a major theme in the field of biomedical glasses, but the weathering of archaeological glasses provides real case studies for assessing the long-term stability for vitrified toxic or radioactive waste.
Presentations on other deterioration problems, from bio-degradation to color changes under UV or sun light (solarization) are welcome as well. We also invite papers focused on the protection of archaeological and historic glasses (on site or in museums or stained glass windows exposed to the elements) and the recommendations for their conservation and protection.
(3)   New techniques of analyses in the context of archaeometry
With the advancement of instrumental analysis, portable instruments, studies presenting case studies using these new techniques will be of great interest to the community. In addition, results from round-robin tests or the comparison of sensitivities and detection limits of various techniques are just as valuable.

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Abdurazakov, Abdugani
An, Jiayao
Bhardwaj, H. C.
Brill, Robert H. Committee Position: Vice Chair
Carvalho, Catarina
DeCorse, Christopher R.
Degryse, Patrick
Fuxi, Gan
Garcia-Heras, Manual
Greiner-Wronowa, Elzbieta
Jiayao, An
Kanungo, Alok Kumar
Koezuka, Takayasu
Koob, Stephen Committee Position: Chair
Kozlova, M.O.
Kunicki-Goldfinger, Jerzy Committee Position: Emeritus
Lee, In-Sook Committee Position: Emeritus
Leonelli, C.
Martlew, David
Pantano, Carlo Committee Position: Emeritus
Richter, Rainer
Stapleton, Colleen P.
Tennent, Norman
Villegas, Maria-Angeles

Committee Contact Details: back to top

TC17: Achaeometry
Dr Stephen Koob
Corning Museum of Glass

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