School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Victoria Lucas

Victoria A. L. Lucas

Looking Through the Glass: glass chemistry as a window on Early Medieval innovation, recycling, trade and contact, AD 700-1000

Year started

2017

Project outline

My PhD uses a combination of chemical analyses (LA-ICP-MS and EPMA) and experimental archaeology to address what practices of recycling and experimention by glassworkers can tell us about trade, contact and technological innovation in Early Medieval Britain. The project seeks not only to expand that dataset of analysed glass dating from the 7th-10th centuries AD, but also to situate the issues of recycling, experimentation and innovation by glassworkers in a specifically mid-late Saxon context.

The project will provide new insight into the production, trade, and exchange of glass objects, and - crucially- the transmission of glass-making and recycling technologies in Anglo-Saxon England, from AD 700-1000. It will also, through its integrated program of experimental archaeology, allow greater understanding of the complex processes by which glass compositions are created and more closely link chemical composition to technological practice and object biographies.

Funding awards

AHRC Northern Bridge DTP Studentship Award (2017-2020)

NUHRI Challenge Labs 2018
Project title: Experimental Archaeology at Newcastle

Academic qualifications

BSc (Hons) Archaeological Sciences - University of Bradford - 2011.
Dissertation title: The characterisation of fire ash residues by mineral magnetic and geochemical means.

Diploma in Professional Archaeological Studies - University of Bradford - 2011.
Placements: Technology Team - Historic England (September 2009 - March 2010). Organic Residue Analysis Laboratory - University of Bradford (March 2010 - June 2010).

MSc Archaeological Materials - University of Sheffield - 2013.
Dissertation title: The incorporation of recycled glass in the glass working process in Early Medieval Briton using SEM-EDS and LA-ICP-MS analysis.

Conference papers

Reduced, Reused, Recycled: recycling, experimentation and innovation in the Early Medieval glass industry (Hamwic/Whithorn). Early Medieval glass workshop. Ribe, Denmark. (March 2018).

Looking Through the Glass: glass chemistry as a window on Early Medieval innovation, recycling, trade and contact, AD 700-1000’. Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium (EMASS). University of Glasgow, Scotland. (April 2018).

Publications

Lucas, V. 2010. An Assessment of Bottle Glass from the Hightown Glasshouse. Historic England Research Report Series #16/2010.

Lucas, V and Paynter, S. 2010. Park Farm East, Ashford, Kent: A Compositional Analysis of Crucibles from the Iron Age Settlement at Park Farm East. Historic England Research Report Series #30/2010.

Lucas, V and Paynter, S. 2010. Whitby Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire: An Assessment of Metalworking Debris from the Whitby Cliff Excavations. Historic England Research Report Series #31/2010.

Other roles

Founding member: Experimental Archaeology Newcastle (EXARN).

Conference co-organizer and founder: Experimental Archaeology Student Symposium (EAStS). 2018.

Conference co-organizer: Early Medieval Student Symposium (EMASS). 2019. (co-hosted by Durham University and Newcastle University).

Academic social media

Personal: https://twitter.com/victoriaallucas

EXARN: https://twitter.com/EXARN1