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Glass Use in the Arrabal of La Arrixaca (Murcia): Andalusi Glass From the 12th-13th Centuries in the Archaeological Site of San Esteban [El consumo de vidrio en el arrabal de La Arrixaca (Murcia): los vidrios andalusíes de los siglos XII-XIII del Conjunto Arqueológico de San Esteban]

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Chloe Duckworth



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© Editorial Universidad de Sevilla 2024.The study of glass fragments from the archaeological site of San Esteban, a sector of the Andalusi suburb of the city of Murcia in the 12th and 13th centuries, provides relevant information on the production of glass in al-Andalus, as a valuable assemblage recovered by systematic modern excavation. The typological analysis of the finds from the 2018 and 2019 campaigns is developed through a functional classification into five main groups: tableware for the consumption and storage of liquids and food; glass vessels for personal care, ornamentation and grooming; glass objects related to religious practices or popular beliefs; vessels related to artificial lighting systems; and remains associated with the manufacture and processing of glass objects, indicative of the existence of a glass workshop in the vicinity of the excavated areas. Based on this study, patterns of manufacturing techniques were identified, the chronology of the items established, and the possible provenance of the pieces is defined. Although most of the objects were likely acquired from local workshops, other pieces were probably imported from specialised centres in the eastern Mediterranean area.

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Author(s): Velo-Gala A, Rodriguez JAE, Govantes-Edwards DJ, Duckworth CN

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: SPAL

Year: 2024

Volume: 33

Issue: 1

Pages: 179-203

Acceptance date: 29/12/2023

Date deposited: 14/05/2024

ISSN (print): 1133-4525

ISSN (electronic): 2255-3924

Publisher: Seville University Press


DOI: 10.12795/spal.2024.i33.08


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Funder referenceFunder name
Ayuntamiento de Murcia
British Academy
Fases 01-02 y 03
Newcastle University
Universidad de Murcia