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Loose glass tesserae and lost decorations: chronology and production of mosaics from Gerasa's Northwest Quarter*

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C. Boschetti, A. Lichtenberger, R. Raja, W. Wootton, N. Schibille

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)960-974
Number of pages15
JournalARCHAEOMETRY
Volume63
Issue number5
DOIs
Accepted/In press2021
PublishedOct 2021

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Funding Information: The research was supported by the Carlsberg Foundation (grant CF14‐0467), the Danish National Research Foundation (grant number DNRF119, Centre of Excellence for Urban Network Evolutions–UrbNet), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (LI978/4‐1 and LI978/4‐2), the Deutscher Palästina‐Verein (no grant no.), the EliteForsk initiative of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science (grant 4094‐00077B), the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (grant agreement number 647315 to N.S.) and the H.P. Hjerl Hansens Mindefondet for Dansk Palæstinaforskning (no grant no.). The funding organizations had no influence over the study's design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript. Funding Information: The research was supported by the Carlsberg Foundation (grant CF14-0467), the Danish National Research Foundation (grant number DNRF119, Centre of Excellence for Urban Network Evolutions?UrbNet), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (LI978/4-1 and LI978/4-2), the Deutscher Pal?stina-Verein (no grant no.), the EliteForsk initiative of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science (grant 4094-00077B), the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (grant agreement number 647315 to N.S.) and the H.P. Hjerl Hansens Mindefondet for Dansk Pal?stinaforskning (no grant no.). The funding organizations had no influence over the study's design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript. Publisher Copyright: © 2021 The Authors. Archaeometry published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of University of Oxford.

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Abstract

Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) analyses of loose glass tesserae from the Northwest Quarter of Gerasa/Jerash has enhanced our understanding of the dynamics regulating the production and circulation of glass tesserae in second- to eighth-centuries ce Jordan and the diachronic development of mosaics at the site. The identification of Levantine and Egyptian compositions (Roman-Mn, Levantine I, HIMT, Foy 2.1) proves the continuous production of mosaics from the second to the seventh centuries. The Levantine I tesserae were made by the recycling and colouring of glass cullet. The gilded tesserae, in contrast, were all of an Egyptian base glass, likely illustrating the import of finished tesserae.

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