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The Glass Workshop of the 4th-5th Centuries in the Insula II of the Molinete (Cartagena, Spain): Archaeological Analysis and Interpretation / El taller vidriero de los siglos IV-V de la Insula II del Molinete (Cartagena, España): análisis arqueológico e interpretación

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Chloe Duckworth



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© 2023 Seville University Press. All rights reserved.The archaeological excavation of the so-called Insula II of the Molinete (Cartagena, province of Murcia, Spain) documented an Isiac sanctuary active from the end of the 1st to the 3rd century. After it was abandoned, its structures were occupied by craft facilities dedicated to the manufacture of glass and the working of iron between the second quarter/ middle of the 4th century and the first half of the 5th century. This paper characterises these production facilities, laying special emphasis on the glass workshop and its archaeological context. Its topographical organisation, the structure of its production facilities and infrastructures (in particular its furnaces) are studied, as well as some of the material evidence associated with production activity. In addition, the facilities, especially the furnaces, are compared with other similar features attested in various regions of the Roman West, which, together with the study of some production waste, allows us to link them with the manufacture of glass. A first presentation and discussion of the results of the chemical analysis of a set of glass samples collected from the contexts linked to the activity of the workshop and some levels of in its vicinity, after the activity of the workshop had ceased, is also presented and discussed. This new evidence opens up new perspectives for the analysis of Carthago Spartaria in the 4th-5th centuries and contributes to outlining its artisanal and commercial character.

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Author(s): Garcia-Aboal MV, Govantes-Edwards DJ, Duckworth CN, Celdran JMN

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: SPAL

Year: 2023

Volume: 32

Issue: 2

Pages: 250-290

Online publication date: 11/10/2023

Acceptance date: 12/07/2023

Date deposited: 10/11/2023

ISSN (print): 1133-4525

ISSN (electronic): 2255-3924

Publisher: Seville University Press


DOI: 10.12795/spal.2023.i32.19


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