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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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TC17: Achaeometry
Dr Stephen Koob
Corning Museum of Glass

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Abdurazakov, Abdugani
An, Jiayao
Bhardwaj, H. C.
Brill, Robert H.
Carvalho, Catarina
DeCorse, Christopher R.
Fuxi, Gan (Prof.)
Greiner-Wronowa, Elzbieta
Kanungo, Alok Kumar
Koezuka, Takayasu
Committee Chair: Koob, Stephen (Dr)
Kozlova, M.O.
Kunicki-Goldfinger, Jerzy
Lee, In-Sook
Martlew, David (Dr)
McKinnon, E. Edwards
Meiguang, Shi
Pantano, Carlo (Prof.)
Pongracz, Patricia
Richter, Rainer
Schreiner, Manfred
Stapleton, Colleen P.
Tennent, Norman
Veritá, Marco
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Activities in 2012 and plans for 2013


Stephen Koob attended the ICG Coordinating Technical Committee meeting at the 2012 ICG Annual meeting held in Maastricht, The Netherlands. A report was given on current TC17 activities and plans for sessions at the 2013 XXIII ICG Congress in Prague.

TC17 co-sponsored the 2012 International Symposium on Ancient Glass, with the Chinese Ceramic Society, which was held November 11-14, in Shanghai, China. The Symposium was organized by the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, CAS and the Special Glass Committee of the Chinese Ceramic Society, and was chaired by Prof. Gan Fuxi.

The symposium had presentations on ancient glass from Japan, trace element and isotopic analysis of glasses on the Silk Road, excavated glasses from tombs in China, technical studies on glass compositions and coloration, comparative research between ancient and modern cast glasses, production technology of faience, and analyses of the Islamic glass from the Famen Temple. Twenty-three talks were given and 5 posters. Two members of TC 17 attended and gave presentations: Prof. Gan. Fuxi, China; and  Prof. An Jiayao, China.

This was the 6th symposium or workshop on the subject of scientific investigation of Asian Glass that TC17 has co-sponsored, dating back to1984. New methods of analysis, investigation, and classification, all continue to add to our knowledge of the glass technology from this very important area of the ancient world.


Dr. Robert H. Brill has now published Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses, volume 3, The Years 2000–2011, Reports, and Essays (with Colleen P. Stapleton), Corning: The Corning Museum of Glass, 2012, 728 pages. This follows Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses, volumes 1 and 2, published in 1999.


TC17 continues to review its membership. New members will be added on the recommendation of the ICG.


Planning is almost complete for a full day program at the 2013 ICG XXIII International Congress in Prague. Two proposed workshops: Scientific Investigation of Asian Faience, and The History and Development of Bohemian and Western European Glasses have now been combined, since the Asian Faience was partially covered in the Shanghai Symposium, 2012. TC17 embraces a broad study of archaeometry, history, and conservation, and specifically attempts to focus on glass  in the region of the Triennial Meeting.

Chairman Stephen Koob and Vice-Chairman Robert Brill have continued discussions with the CTC, concerning the re-shaping of TC17. More active representation at Meetings has been encouraged, and we feel TC17 will be more represented. TC17 has also been asked to set up a world network of glass museums under the umbrella of the ICG, and we have been contacting museums this past year. To this end, we are committed to updating our membership, in order to determine if changes are necessary, and to have a more active committee.

TC01. Information TC02. Durability & Analysis TC03: Glass Structure TC04: Bioglasses TC05: Waste Vitrification TC06: Mechanical & Nanomechanical Properties TC07: Crystallisation & GCs TC08: Glass Transition TC09: Energy Efficiency TC10: Optical Properties TC11: Materials for Furnaces TC12: Pharma Packaging TC13: Environment TC14: Gases in Glass TC16: Nanostructures TC17: Achaeometry Members Contact TC18: Glass Melting TC20 : Optoelectronics TC21: Modelling Melting TC23: Education TC24: Coatings on Glass TC25: Modelling Forming TC26: Structure & Vibrations TC27: Atomistic Simulation

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